Blogpost – Engineers dreaming about the future; the city of 2116

Technology plays an enormous role in our life nowadays and is used more and more.

Dutch trendwatcher van Hooijdonk thinks that ‘the internet of things’ will go on an ultimate level in 2017. Google and Apple both introduce platforms that allows household devices to connect. A so called “layer” enables communication between the devices. And cities transport and factories will be connected. Fd, incoming  

The layer corresponds with the impact of new technology. For example, the subject mentioned above, ‘The internet of things’. Smart appliances ‘talk’ to each other and algorithm take decisions. Much better and faster than human beings. With an huge impact on our houses, transport, health, factories, cities and a lot more industries. Richard van Hooijdonk, trends 2030

Connecting cities

In 2015, 70 percent of the population will live in cities. The fast urbanisation and ageing population causes more pressure on energy, infrastructure, transport and healthcare. To deal with those challenges, cities have to implement new technologies. An example of one of these technology changes are the ‘Smart cities’. To improve life in urban surroundings, smart cities work together with big data specialists, innovators and developers. For example to realise intelligent traffic light systems, smart street lightning, smarkt parking systems and useful apps to get an overview of all the cities and connect the cities. Richard van Hooijdonk, 6 van de allerslimste steden ter wereld

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From connecting cities to building cities. (All of this will be possible (in the future of technology). An example of building cities in the future with technology is 3D printing. Nowadays it is already possible to print a lot of your own designs at home.

“A new world, a new revolution!?”

Ground3D, an online platform for 3D printing is talking about ‘a new world’. Most of the things we are using in our daily lives are produced in factories all over the world. The industrial revolution from two centuries ago made it possible to produce goods in masses. Developments in the last decennia are leading to a whole new world where products are tailor made and manufactured locally.

The first couple of changes were small, but the changes became bigger and in the the near future it will be even larger. Perhaps technological developments wil have so much influence, it will lead to a third industrial revolution…!? Ground3d, over 3d printen; een revolutie

So, a lot of products are already produced by a 3Dprinter. But is it possible that in 2116 a house or even a city can build by a 3Dprinter? According to Peter Eberhardt this will be possible! A likely candidate as example of a future city.

Over 100 years 11.3 billion people must be fight for a spot on the planet earth. The major cities in the world are already under pressure, and therefore engineers are doing everything they can to develop a brand new type of housing: skyscrapers which are 3 kilometers tall, 3D-printed houses and floating cities” – Peter Eberhardt for ‘Wetenschap in beeld’. White album amazonaws, files

Houses come from 3D printers

For the first time ever, a 3D printed house was built in China. The project launched in December last year so it took only a few months to realize the project.

The 3D printed house got a surface of 38 square meter, has only one floor and got a special shape, namely 3 half circles. But the printer is able to build ‘normal houses’ ass well, such as square houses with straight walls. Various materials have been used but in the future engineers expect to use new materials such as ‘geopolymer’ to print houses all year around. The current printer can only print when its 5 degrees Celcius or warmer. The house is fire resistant, lasts more than 50 years and has climate control. The house costs around 10.000 Euros, however a square shaped house is even cheaper! White album amazonaws, files   

Underwater city- ocean spiral

A Japanese company, Shimizu Corp, has detailed plans for an underwater city, where people would be safe in case of extreme weather conditions such as typhoons and earthquakes. Oxygen is taken from the sea.

There are already hotels and science labs on a maximum of 20 meters underground on a small scale.  Shimizu Corp designed the underwater city ‘ocean spiral’. Which has a big dome, 200 meter under water level and which offers a place to stay for 5,000 people. The Japanese company wants to make a lab at the bottom of the spiral at 15 kilometer depth.  In the dome there are offices, hotels and apartments for the inhabitants. White album amazonaws, files  

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Skyscrapers of 3 kilometers high

Even with permeable bottoms, the engineers know what to do! The 828 meter high skyscraper ‘Burj Khalifa’ in Dubai for example is built on sand.  The next project is the ‘Kingdom tower’ in Saudi Arabia which is planned to be 1,000 meter tall in 2019. There isn’t a ‘1 mile high club’ jet but according to experts we will get one within forty years. And, continuing at this pace, we will have buildings 3 kilomters tall in 2116.   A lot of big cities cannot grow because mountains and lakes disable further expansion. So the previous mentioned subjects are all opportunities to build cities in the future. White album amazonaws, files  

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3D printing is allready a really big and famous subject, nowadays there is already a lot possible in this scene. Possibly this subject has given its lead in the enormous fast growing technology world. In the future masses produced goods are making place for personalized products and even buildings.

2050: our world is more colourful, more various and homegrown. Technological progress makes from consumers, producers. Self made and tailor made is the new ethos from our society” – DHL, Germany

 Consumers shall design and produce their own products more and more. Some jobs will dissapear but new jobs will be created instead. Ground3d, 2050 onze wereld is veel kleurrijker diverser en lokaler

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