future-cities

Future Paris – 1911 (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

Eco-friendly buildings are currently being built around the world, incorporating innovative advances in Green architecture. Here on greenfudge, we’ve already featured cutting edge eco-cities like Sweden’s Hammarby Sjöstad and Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, but what else can we expect from the city of the future? Soon nanotechnology may provide additional advancements in Green urban living, but some ideas are decidedly low-tech. Take for instance: a city lit by glow-in-the-dark bacteria, the same kind that exists in some deep sea fish, tweaked – or genetically engineered, for those of you who don’t have a problem with that – to produce more light. Blue-green algae, aka cyanobacteria could also coat buildings, capturing CO2 from the city’s atmosphere and releasing oxygen.

So the city of the future may not look like ultra modern Shanghai, but more like your fish tank after you’ve lazily neglected to clean it for a couple of months.

Another cool process scientists are looking at is limestone formation, wherein magnesium reacts with airborne carbon, creating frost-like magnesium carbonate crystals… kind of like superman’s fortress of solitude.

What they’re calling this organic, low-tech approach to Green design and urban planning is ‘grunge design’. It’s a bit like steampunk as opposed to cyberpunk fiction. I love both, incidentally. Read more about Green grunge design in Eureka section of the London Times online.