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Report: The Future of Buildings in 2050

Posted by Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos at 9 March 2013 in Intelligent Cities / Smart Cities

Arup’s Foresight + Innovation team launches ‘It’s Alive’ – a new report that describes how buildings in our cities could look and function in 2050. The study foresees that structures will be fully integrated into the fabric of the city, responsive to changes in the external environment, and designed for continuous adaptability, according to real-time needs and demands of its users.

This forward-thinking report is illustrated with a series of artist’s impressions, to demonstrate how the futuristic components – such as photovoltaic surfaces and algae producing bio-fuel pods – can theoretically enable buildings to produce food, energy and resources.

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