SCENARIO _ 001
YEAR _ 2222
Zones of inhabitability
How might we cope with the increase of uninhabitable zones on Earth?
In a few hundred years, cities will be built exclusively vertically.
With less and less land area to live on, the future city will have to utilize space vertically to an unimaginable extent.
Pedestrian lanes will be on several levels, on top of each other. Skyscrapers will reach the clouds, and invade the sea. Fields will have to be verticalized, while green areas on top of buildings will be accessible to inhabitants during pandemics. Seaweed plantations will be a common sight by this time.
The majority of urban spaces are incapable to cope with rising sea levels. Conventional urban planning methods are not designed for future generations.
Designing vertically (instead of horizontally) provokes us to reimagine rural/urban areas, and how we can integrate farmland next to skyscrapers.
How does this tackle climate change?
Our object speculates on what climate change may result in if we don't change our way of living. However, we did equip our city with windmills, which are climate-friendly.
What is your motivation to build this object?
We want to encourage the user to think about how our current way of living will result in lower living standards for the future generations.
Who is the user of this object?
This is a provocative statement - our object should appeal to all types of users. We would like to think that the inhabitants of the city care about the climate and feel responsible for future generations.
What function does it serve?
Our product is a physical and visual model of our take on what a future city might look like when, after floods and desertification, will be forced to host a much bigger population.
In what way COVID-19 influence it?
How can a pandemic be handled (e.g. face masks, keeping distance, etc.) in a world, where the population density is four times higher and the habitable zones have decreased? With the current planning of the city, the inhabitants are able to keep their distance even though they are living much closer than now.