Eco-Friendly Futuristic Cities That Might Be Realized Soon

Futuristic city might be the best way to solve environmental problems.


Mohamad Yusrizal Azwar Firdaus

2 years ago | 6 min read

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Talking about the city of the future will never end. With so many problems facing the big cities in the world, many people are moved to create a future city that can inhabit many people with more environmentally friendly and sophisticated technology. The big cities in the world, such as New York, Tokyo, and Jakarta, are already feeling congested along with the increasing number of people.

Nowadays, when concern about the environment is increasing, the demand for businesses to practice more humane ways of managing natural resources is getting louder. They have the principle that this earth is a loan that must be preserved and returned to future generations.

While on the other hand, practitioners of capitalism are increasingly innovative in carrying out their activities. Recently, the idea emerged among them to build a city that offers a new standard for the development of human potential and can be used as a blueprint for future generations.

For this reason, the developers and architects will create a futuristic city that is predicted to overcome today's problems. What are they?

The Line, Saudi Arabia

Source by Neom

The Line is an ambitious project being worked on by the government of Saudi Arabia. Although they are famous for their abundant oil country, in fact, they are serious about changing human civilization.

This city carries the concept of a liner city with a height of 500 meters which will be built close to the Red Sea as part of Neom. The length to be achieved is 170 kilometers across northwest Saudi Arabia with a width of only 200 meters. The city will have a mirror facade as the closing facade of this linear city. Because this is one of Neom's developments, The Line is designed as a different city from the traditional cities that exist today. If the city is generally radial, it will be built vertically upwards like a skyscraper. The Line has a different concept.

Source by Daily Sabah

By the initial concept of this city design, The Line carries the concept of a vertical city. The city is bounded by two mirror planes that limit the two opposite sides. This city will be built with as many as 9 million occupancies with a building height of 12 block floors towering up as far as 500 meters. The city will also be decorated with various green spaces as a measure to reduce air pollution. Not only residential but The Line is also designed for several other public buildings, such as schools and parks, The Line is combined with a bridge between the two sides to facilitate access for its residents.

The material used is mirrors on both sides. Although the material is a mirror whose effect will increase the temperature like the effect of greenhouse gas, The Line will carry the principles of Sustainable Architecture as a step to reduce pollution and damage to the earth. Transportation that supports it will be reached in just twenty minutes. All technologies are conceptualized differently from traditional cities in general. However, the technology and materials used are less destructive materials.

Telosa, United States of America (USA)

Source by Dezeen

Reporting to CNN, the new city called Telosa is designed to be a metropolis that will be built from scratch, and its location will be located in a desert in the United States. The city's layout was worked out to allow every resident to work, school, or whatever else they needed within 15 minutes.

Another interesting fact, Telosa is designed to be an environmentally friendly city, with sustainable use of energy and water. In the middle of the city, there will also be an Equitism Tower, which is a skyscraper. In short, this city is a futuristic city.

The city was initiated by billionaire Marc Lore who was CEO of Walmart e-commerce (2016-2021) and founder of and the latter two companies were acquired for $3.845 billion by Amazon and Walmart. The billionaire seems to have wanted a well-planned city from the very beginning.

To realize his idea, Lore collaborated with Bjarke Ingels, an architect who was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World according to TIME Magazine in 2016. The award is inseparable from his adaptive and contemporary architectural works which are considered to follow the needs of human civilization.

Meanwhile, as reported by IGN SEA, Telosa City evokes players' memories of the Rapture city from BioShock. Rapture is known as a big city, an underwater utopia designed to help society thrive. However, the purpose of Telosa is not to create a utopia, but rather to focus on what is possible.

Source by CNN

The project itself is planned to start working in 2030. The first phase of construction is estimated to be able to accommodate 50,000 residents on 1,500 hectares and will cost around 25 billion US dollars.

Once again, this city that feels like a utopia, according to Lore and Bjarke, will be an example of equality and sustainability for future generations. The principle of people, planet, and profit will be realized together.

From the point of view of environmentally friendly business practices, Telosa is clearly a step that also wants to bring together the practice of capitalism and sustainability at the same time. Even in its most extreme form.

When many parties are still thinking about how to combine the two when business practices have reached the peak stage, why not both start from scratch.

BiodiverCity, Malaysia

Source b Archello

Not to be outdone by other European and Middle Eastern countries, Malaysia is also designing a city in the future with a concept that is no less modern than other projects. BiodiverCity is a master plan by BIG that will feature three reclaimed islands off the coast of Pulang Penang, Malaysia. The city is built on 1,821 hectares of land developed by Ramboll and architect Hijjas. The facade model of the island will be in the form of a lilypad and will consist of several sub-districts, namely 4.6 kilometers of public beach, 242 hectares of parkland, and 25 kilometers of waterfront.

This city has the hope of becoming a global destination in the future that will overcome the city's problems and attract the attention of visitors from outside to visit. As reported by BIG, the materials that will be used in the construction of this city will use environmentally friendly materials. It is the goal to develop a sustainable city to reduce damage to the environment. The materials to be used include bamboo which is one of the environmentally friendly materials and also has a fairly good strength compared to wood, timber from Singapore, and also environmentally friendly concrete.

BiodiverCity is planned to have 15,000 to 18,000 dwellings that will become human habitation in the future. In line with the concept of environmentally friendly materials, this city also reduces the use of fossil-fueled vehicles like today's cities, BiodiverCity prioritizes vehicles that are less wasteful and also prioritizes the use of bicycles and walking for mobility.

If viewed from the concept, this is in harmony with Vernacular architecture. Vernacular itself has the concept of understanding that humans and the environment are one part so humans and the environment should coexist. This is a problem today when humans destroy nature to take shelter. BiodiverCity was born out of these concerns with a concept that blends with nature.

Source by Dezeen

From a physical point of view of regional classification, BiodiverCity is divided into three large islands with several different functions, such as government administration areas, business districts, and other areas. The first island built will be named "Channel". This area will be the heart of BiodiverCity. This area is used as a government and research institution, and the Cultural Coast district will resemble the state capital of Penang, George Town.

Mangrove will be the name of the second island to become part of BiodiverCity. The city will be dedicated to a business-focused district. At the center of the area will be the Bamboo Beacon, a facility for conferences and press.

The last island will be an island with eight small islands which will be named Laguna. This area will function as a residence in the form of a house on stilts and also the cultivation of marine animals for growth and also the preservation of animals from extinction.

After you see some futuristic cities that will shift the position of big cities in the world today, are you interested in living in one of the cities below? Or do you have suggestions to improve the condition of the city you currently live in?


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