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Cirrus May 6, 2010 7:39 PM

Dear everyone making these things up: Property rights aren't going to change in the future. Buildings will still be confined to the private land in between public streets. The block structure of existing cities isn't going to change. Please take this into consideration when drawing up your schemes.

M II A II R II K May 6, 2010 8:02 PM

With one of the New York renderings they seemed to have the streets going through the block buildings like tunnels.

M.K. May 6, 2010 8:38 PM

1.what a loooovely buildings.. why not building some...
2.mthq many thanks for those impressions.
3.What boring cities we have/survive, all equally boxes-up.
4.i was born made in wrong time... really.

M II A II R II K May 14, 2010 5:14 PM

Architects plan for a crowded Australia

April 9, 2010


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From inter-linked megatowers to submerged cities floating like jellyfish, architects have planned for Australia's population boom and the effects of climate change for this year's Venice Architecture Biennale, Ray Edgar writes.

From inter-linked megatowers to submerged cities floating like jellyfish, architects have planned for Australia's population boom and the effects of climate change for this year's Venice Architecture Biennale, Ray Edgar writes. 'WHEN you're alone and life is making you lonely you can always go - downtown.'' Without quite Petula Clark's brio, Ivan Rijavec, creative director of the Australia pavilion for the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale this August, delivers the same point. Whether it's ostensibly a paean to swinging London or Saturday night in Postcode 3000, cities are exciting places where everything's waiting for you.

"Instead of looking at the city as a place you should fear, it's about recognising that cities are actually the place that offer possibilities - whether it's entertainment or intellectual, you name it," says Rijavec, a Melbourne-based architect. The problem is " the popular press keeps persuading you that it is a place of fear."

The floating jellyfish cities by design firm Arup Biomimetics.

A city of hyper-density: Multiplicity by John Wardle Architects and Stefano Boscutti

Archipelago Squeeze. With Loop-Pool / Saturation City, McGauran Giannini Soon (MGS), Bild + Dyskors and Material Thinking

2: Suburban stack. With Loop-Pool / Saturation City, McGauran Giannini Soon (MGS), Bild + Dyskors and Material Thinking.

An image from Edmund and Corrigan's self-sustaining desert city proposal, A City of Hope.

The walkways of The Fear Free City proposed by Melbourne University Dean Tom Kvan’s team

pseudolus May 15, 2010 6:46 PM


Originally Posted by M II A II R II K (Post 4839721)
Architects plan for a crowded Australia

The walkways of The Fear Free City proposed by Melbourne University Dean Tom Kvan’s team

Fear free? What about fear of heights?

huggkruka May 15, 2010 6:59 PM

Shhh... in the architecture world, there are no such thing as safety, handicaps or daily life. :haha: I didn't know Arup had a biomimetics branch! Maybe they actually don't, since googling it only leads to this article. I guess they want to find a break as big as the opera house.

village person May 15, 2010 8:05 PM


Originally Posted by M II A II R II K (Post 4839721)
2: Suburban stack. With Loop-Pool / Saturation City, McGauran Giannini Soon (MGS), Bild + Dyskors and Material Thinking.

Oooo, there's something I really like about this! But then, I always found Kowloon Walled City beautiful. Maybe it's the individuality of the units. You can dismiss sometimes when a building is so homogeneous that the people who live there are anything but.

M II A II R II K Jun 1, 2010 8:08 PM

How to be urban

Jun 1st 2010

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THERE is a hole in the green imagination about 20 years away. In the short term—the next ten years, say—the environmentalists’ vision is usually of a world similar to this one with a bit less of one thing (carbon dioxide) and a bit more of a panoply of others (windmills, forests, smartgrids and the like). In the far off future of 2050 and beyond, the world is meant to look very different indeed. Carbon-dioxide emissions should, by then, be less than half what they are now; in today’s rich countries they should have fallen by 90% or so. This means entirely new infrastructures and technologies, and perhaps entirely new ways of life, too.

That, however, leaves something of a disconnect around 2030. So there is a need to imagine a sort of bridge between the now-like near future and the Utopian not-so-near one. The Audi Urban Future Award, a project unveiled at a conference in London on May 28th, aims to help. Six innovative architectural practices have been asked to produce projects with a vision for 2030. The results will be revealed at the Venice Architecture Biennale later this summer, and the winner will receive €100,000 ($123,000).

The six competing firms are a cross-section of architecture’s youngish avant garde. Alison Brooks Architects, of London, has a strong background in urban planning. The Bjarke Ingels Group from Copenhagen is experimental and playful. Diller Scofidio + Renfro are perhaps best known for a building defined by a cloud of water droplets built for an expo in Switzerland. Cloud 9 of Barcelona looks for buildings that are sensitive to their local climate and conditions. Jürgen Mayer H, from Germany, has produced a remarkable roof for a market square in Seville. And Standard-architecture of Beijing gave a remarkable presentation of its city surrounded by green skyscrapers like man-made versions of the Guilin mountains.

bnk Jun 1, 2010 8:16 PM


Originally Posted by RBB (Post 4819946)
I don't know whether this can be classified as hallucinatory or not, but this is what one illustrator in 1910 thought Downtown Saint Louis would look like in 2010:


Missed it by that much.


I have never figured out why the dirigible sail bus never caught on?:shrug:

Nowhereman1280 Jun 1, 2010 9:48 PM


Originally Posted by village person (Post 4825059)
What's really funny is that the difference between ^this vision of 2010 and the real 2010 is likely to be mirrored or even surpassed by the differences between our current visions of the future and the realization of that future. We have.... no clue!

Then again at the same time this picture was drawn up there were several people alive and formulating the plans for exactly what the future ended up being. For example, in 1910, Frank Lloyd Wright knew exactly what the future, his future, would bring. It would bring a suburban utopia of low lying Prairie Style (Ranch tract housing is just a budget attempt at that style) homes connected by a series of grid roads that fed out onto freeways that brought people to a different part of town specifically used for work. If you look at what actually ended up happing, Wright was dead on. Some people know what the future holds because they will be so influential that they will build it themselves.

Rizzo Jun 2, 2010 4:44 AM

Ah, how the minds of one can ruin the lives of many.

JBoston Jun 2, 2010 3:26 PM


Originally Posted by M II A II R II K (Post 4839721)

Piranesi much?

M II A II R II K Jun 10, 2010 2:24 PM


Henry Ford's Farm City: July 1922

In an interview with us, Henry Ford suggested that instead of migrating to cities, people should industrialize the farm communities they already lived in. Although Ford admired the intellect and technological superiority of urban communities, he lamented their overcrowding and ugliness. His ideal semi-rural city, pictured left, would link neighborhoods around power-supplying dams. Traffic would run underground and city-dwellers would divide their time between farming and industry, depending on the season.


The City of Wonder: August 1925

Celebrated American architect Harvey Wiley Corbett, who designed the George Washington Masonic National Memorial building, predicted that by 1950, cities would use multi-level streets to deal with overcrowding. One level would be for pedestrians, two would be for traffic, and the bottom one would be for electric trains. The roofs of skyscrapers, which would themselves house playgrounds and schools, would serve as aircraft landing fields.


Multi-Level Superhighways: October 1927

In 1927, we imagined that cities would make ease of transportation its main priority. Trolley cars, telegraph poles, sidewalks, lamp-posts, and any other structures capable of blocking traffic would become obsolete. Pedestrians would meander through underground stores and moving streets between elevated highways.

"At night the sky will be brilliant with the reflected glare from below, as well as the lights of airships and dirigibles, and the route markings and traffic signs of airways and landing stages," we said of New York. Not so shabby a prediction.


The Underground City: June 1934

Professor Philip B. Bucky, of Columbia University, proposed adapting the design of mine shafts for creating an underground city capable of withstanding "the crushing load of thousands of feet of earth and rock." While we're skeptical of life without sunlight and Vitamin D, people back then anticipated year-round climates made possible by airconditioning and artifical light.


Elevated Express Highways: November 1939

Again with the elevated express highways! At the time, engineers were concerned about road congestion, but we can't imagine that traffic running between office buildings would make for a pleasant work environment.


Spoke City: June 1944

Dr. Martin Wagner, a former city planner for Berlin and a professor at Harvard, described slum-ridden cities as "mammoth monsters of ugliness, inefficiency, and distortion." He suggested that cities completely rebuild themselves from the ground up instead of attempting to modernize neighborhoods designed for horse-drawn traffic and wooden buildings. Wagner's city of the future would eliminate housing altogether so it could function efficiently as a center for business and pleasure. Government buildings, situated in the middle of cities, would be surrounded by "spokes" of museums, offices, and hotels. Spaces between buildings would be dedicated to parking lots and landing fields.


Cities in Space: May 1956

Darrell C. Romick, a scientist in the Goodyeaer Aircraft Company's aerophysics department, presented us with his blueprint for rotating, wheel-shaped city in space. The structure would not only house thousands of families, but its movements would simulate Earth's gravity. Pictured left is an artist's conception of Space City's construction. Crewmen wearing pressurized suits assemble cables to rockets, which serve as building units for an inhabitable space station.


Alaska's Glass Metropolis: March 1970

Seward's Success, while never built, was designed to enclose a community of 40,000 Alaskan residents beneath a climate-controlled glass dome. Since the proposed city didn't allow for cars, pedestrians would get around on moving sidewalks, bikes, and escalators.


Metropolis on Mars: March 1953

Sure, a Martian base housing 33 men isn't quite a metropolis, but it's a step in the right direction. A ring around plastic pod houses would capture solar heat, while wind generators would help power an artificial atmosphere.


Green Megalopolis: July 2008

While the growth of "megacities" may threaten to ruin our already-damaged environment, visionary scientists and engineers have come up with solutions that will allow cities to boom without endangering their residents' well-being. Features for the future's eco-friendly cities include electric pod cars, robot-controlled farms, and building facades that transport rainwater into purification centers.

Austinlee Jun 12, 2010 1:34 AM


Originally Posted by bnk (Post 4861726)
I have never figured out why the dirigible sail bus never caught on?:shrug:

It has in most cities, just not in Chicago. Get with the times man. :cool:

Yankee Jun 12, 2010 2:14 AM

Hah, I love the idea of floating or orbiting cities and whatnot, but the only way that's ever gonna gonna happen is if we literally ran out of land to build on and we'll be long dead before that happens :D so... Maybe a scientific facility with a few thousand people or so, but a city of millions floating in the atmosphere or on the ocean surface and orbiting the Earth or another planet or being on the Moon. Not happening.

MolsonExport Jun 18, 2010 4:24 PM


Originally Posted by Tower6 (Post 4827687)
Dude! This would have been awesome. Man all the cool stuff never gets built! Obama should give government money to all the architects and knock down downtown San Francisco and get this built.

Oh yeah, do the same to New York. That would be cool.

:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

M II A II R II K Jul 15, 2010 2:22 AM

M II A II R II K Jul 15, 2010 3:50 PM

Top architects offer glimpses of a 21st-century Prague

July 14, 2010

By Filip Šenk

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Most of the world's population lives in cities, and architecture theorists and city planners are busy re-envisioning what cities should look like and how they can best meet the needs of digital-age inhabitants. The main concern is how to transform cities that have developed slowly across many centuries into thriving metropolises of the 21st century. The DOX Centre for Contemporary Art offers a glimpse into future visions for Prague in its ongoing exhibition "City Interventions Prague 2010."

"It tries to show architects as people who are concerned about the city where they live," said Adam Gebrian, curator of the exhibition. "We asked for designs that could actually be realized, and I usually ask architects after they present their idea what they are going to do or how they are going to act to help their idea to be implemented."

This is how the space looks today.

The firm Sporadical proposed a platform park above a major thoroughfare in Smíchov in the mold of Manhattan's High Line Park.

The Coll Coll architecture firm proposed a new streetscape in front of the National Gallery.

Innsertnamehere Jul 16, 2010 12:18 AM

I can understand why all the predictions from the 20's have airships in them. before the Hindenburg, it was THE way to travel. heck, even the empire state buildings spire was originally meant to be a mooring mast for airships! all the things about superhighways got it spot on though.... that one photo with the empire state building being dwarfed by other buildings is completely unrealistic, because of how insanely wide the buildings are. imagine standing in the middle of those buildings!!! there wouldn't be any sunlight for 100 meters in any direction!

pseudolus Jul 18, 2010 1:04 AM

I see where Cesar Pelli got his inspiration for the Transbay park.

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