Cities grow and deflate. The reasons why this happens vary. Innovation is of great importance when it gets to human mobility. Think about the origin of the assembly line, the steam engine, automobiles and the Internet and what all this has brought us. We now live in a knowledge economy, which makes it of great value for highly educated people to have equals with the same intelligence around. The city is a suitable platform and will therefore provide plenty of meeting places. As long as cities grow, everything city wise pinned will grow with it. The population, the size of the city, even the pase in which people move increases. And likewise, negative things in life, like disease and pollution will increase. Urbanization is a worldwide phenomenon, and has a certain impact on the planet as well. What can we do about this, in order to develop a future city that is less damaging to the environment?
A fantastic example of how people in the future can live together can be seen in the movie ‘The High-Rise’. In this movie an urban ideal is created. A building that is completely self-sufficient. There is no reason for residents to leave the building because they have everything within reach. It soon becomes clear that it can’t be as perfect as it was initially intended.
The future is closer by than we think. In 2050, about 75% of the world population will be living in cities. Large companies seek ways to play their role in this part. Ikea developed “de stad op menselijke maat” while Siemens focuses on the sustainable city. Years ago, Siemens already built an entire city, which was inhabited by the employees of the company. Everything was found in the city; schools and churches, business and leisure. What the multinationals are working on is no longer focused on the company’s employees, space is created where entire communities will be established. But what is the reason that these companies attend to this urbanization trend? When a city grows, energy usage also increases. This is the ideal market for a company such as Siemens. Ikea already developed LandProp, in England. A district is located that is entirely designed and furnished with Ikea. The company focuses on a sustainable society where they will retain ownership. LandProp will collaborate into a partnership with Siemens, which will control the infrastructure. “We are keeping with the Ikea philosophy: We do not want to produce for the rich or the super-rich; We want to produce for families, for the people, “said Harold Muller, Director of LandProp.
City life will look different in the future, that’s for sure. People from different backgrounds are brainstorming about what a city will look like. It is important that communities arise, that they stand on the same page in ways of living and the importance of maintaining a healthy earth. There is the need to sustainable development, but for this to work more power and innovation is needed. CleanTech is the new industrial revolution and is working on a healthier, richer, more innovative, more productive and more secure world. The one for whom we are doing all this, is the next generations, to whom we want to leave a healthy planet. But for this to work they must also subsequently contribute to this.
It only shows that 65% of children, who go to primary school this year, will ultimately be employed in jobs that do not even exist at this time. So how do we teach the younger generations to become progressive innovators? What we can certainly do is to encourage them in the skills they possess.
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