Futuristic Design - Urban Planning Ideas for Modern Cities

In recent decades, for the first time in human history, more people live in cities than in rural areas. With billions of people on the planet, cities need to continue to grow and evolve so that our population can be supported. Here are some of the things we need to be moving towards when it comes to urban planning for the future.

Solar Power on Rooftops
More people means more need for energy. Solar power is growing and needs to grow more. Placing solar power panels on rooftops in cities is one way to try to keep up with demand in an environmentally friendly fashion. It also helps buildings multitask in a way that uses space more efficiently.  Maximizing available surface space is essential to sustaining large cities.

Pedestrian Friendly
Automobiles not only create a deal of pollution, they also compete for valuable space. They need roads to drive on, parking spaces at stores and garage space at home. Designing pedestrian friendly cities can help improve quality of life and free up valuable space within city limits. Mixed use design is essential to making this work.
 
Transit Oriented Design
In order to live in the big city without a car, you need good public transit. This means you need transit oriented design as well. This kind of design is particularly challenging. It involves not just understanding what works for people, but also understanding principles typically learned by attending one of many civil engineering master’s programs to learn about urban planning.

Urban Farming
No matter where you live, you need to eat. Urban farming projects can help cut down on transit costs, shrink the city's carbon footprint and help reduce heat island effect by introducing more plants into the concrete jungle. It can also help city dwellers remain more in touch with nature and avoid raising children who have no concept of where food comes from beyond "the grocery store."

Smart Cities
The internet is helping smart cities come into being here and now. Smart can help reduce energy use, make small spaces more functional and comfortable and make city life generally safer and more rewarding. This trend is in its infancy. There is still enormous room for further development.
 
The future is only a day away and life is speeding up. With good design principles, we can help reduce pressures and make life in the city less hectic. This is a necessary step. We increasingly do not get to choose between living in the city or the country.

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