National Geographic : 2019 Apr
THE PRINCIPLES OF CITY DESIGN By 2050 the world’s population is expected to reach 9.8 billion. Nearly 70 percent—6.7 billion people—are projected to live in urban areas. We asked the architectural and urban planning firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) a question: How would it design a city of the future? The plan allows ECOLOGY to guide development. WATER sources are protected and systems are designed to capture, treat, and reuse it. ENERGY is renewable, and the city becomes more LIVABLE even as it becomes more densely populated. All WASTE becomes a resource. FOOD is grown locally and sustainably. High-speed rail improves MOBILITY . The CULTURE AND HERITAGE of the increasingly diverse population are publicly supported. The INFRASTRUCTURE is carbon-neutral, and the ECONOMY is largely automated and online.