terça-feira, 6 de julho de 2010

Is this the sustainable city of the future?

Bring out the blimp: design group Terreform One's impression of a city in which people hop on and off blimps fitted with hanging seats.
Is this the sustainable city of the future? 
According to a New York design group, this is how tomorrow's metropolis may look – just don't ask how it will work 
Por Rowan Moore 
Terreform One, a New York non-profit design group led by 38-year-old architect Mitchell Joachim, offers answers to almost everything to do with cities and sustainability. Its prolific output of ideas includes blimps creeping nose-to-tail around cities, with seats hanging off them just above the ground so that people can jump on and off at will. 
The company has designed soft cars, so no one is killed in a car accident ever again, and proposed a way of training trees so that they can be grown to form houses – a theoretically zero-carbon technique. It also wants to put houses on to big trucks, and rebuild America's roads so that they are packed with "intelligent renewable infrastructure", into which the mobile houses can be plugged. This idea is less obviously zero carbon, but the company claims it will "create a truly breathing, interconnected metabolic urbanism".
Read more > The Guardian

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