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Interview with The Father of Vertical Farming

Interview with The Father of Vertical Farming

According to the Vertical Farm Project, by the year 2050 the earth’s human population will have increased by around 3 billion, and 80% will reside in urban centers. The project estimates 109 hectares of new land (about 20% more land than the area of Brazil) will be needed to grow enough food to feed them,...
Back to the Futurist: Liam Young

Back to the Futurist: Liam Young

The fourth post of the Back to the Futurist series is dedicated to Liam Young. Previous in Series: Noah Raford Who is Liam Young? Liam currently lives and works in London as an independent urbanist, designer and futurist. He was named by Blueprint magazine as one of 25 people who will change architecture...
Back to the Futurist

Back to the Futurist

Back to the Futurist What do the names Buckminster Fuller, Arthur C. Clark, Ray Kurzweil, Iain M. Banks, Graham Hancock and James Cameron all have in common? They’ve been futurists. URBN FUTR is running a series on leading futurists from around the world. We will be speaking to the break-through generation...
Is There Anybody Out There?

Is There Anybody Out There?

Is there life elsewhere in the universe? The answer to this most fundamental question is either yes, meaning we are part of a cosmos dotted with other lifeforms and perhaps even other civilisations, or no, in which case we are unique, special and alone. What would it mean to us...
Natural Disasters in 2050 - Episode 1: Floods

Natural Disasters in 2050 – Episode 1: Floods

With city-wide flood disasters predicted by 2070, it has become ever more paramount that humans hone their abilities to accurately predict and counter-act the dangerous forces of nature. Most of us are beginning to realize that if we treat the world as well as we possibly can, as a collective...
Road Raised

Road Raised

The City of Many Layers The sci-fi movie fantasies depicting the cities of tomorrow have a range of commonalities: the sheer density of urban form, the soaring building heights and the multistorey compartmentalization of space into different uses. The ground becomes the seedbed for humans to pass around with proportionally...
MEMO: Lunch at the Ecopolis at 2pm

MEMO: Lunch at the Ecopolis at 2pm

The future business centers take shape in the Ecopolis island constructs of wealthy nations. Meanwhile, the arctic poles are bringing their own problems. The research summits of Doha, Qatar are shaping the destiny of world transit...
Welcome to Future City

Welcome to Future City

With the global urban population proliferating at a rate of knots every year, perhaps even absorbing 60% of humanity by the end of this decade, it has become one of the most pivotal questions that mankind has to ask itself: Can the cities of Planet Earth support us all? Although...
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The Solar Future of Luxury Yachting

The Solar Future of Luxury Yachting

Michele Puzzolante’s Solar Floating Resort Invention Solar energy technologies such as photovoltaic panels could provide a third of the world’s energy by 2060 if politicians commit to limiting global warming. [source] The majority of people do not get the chance to enjoy luxury yachting and world-class holiday resorts but, for those that do, there is...
Back to the Futurist: Anab Jain

Back to the Futurist: Anab Jain

The fourth post of the Back to the Futurist series is dedicated to Anab Jain. Previous in Series: Liam Young Who is Anab Jain? Anab is a designer, entrepreneur, TED Fellow and the founder of Superflux, a multidisciplinary design company based in London, UK and Ahmedabad, India. Anab’s passion is creating opportunities and building tools that can lead us...
Transgressive Love: Cyborg Tenderness - Part 2

Transgressive Love: Cyborg Tenderness – Part 2

PART ONE: Techno Desire and Cyber Sex It is now easy to love our selves as cyborgs, cyborg love is here, embrace it. The essential notion of Cyborg love is constructive transgression, a spreading out of our sense perception, into new domains of feeling. More than stimulating, less than exciting, slightly uncomfortable, the cyborg symbiosis...
Interview with The Father of Vertical Farming

Interview with The Father of Vertical Farming

According to the Vertical Farm Project, by the year 2050 the earth’s human population will have increased by around 3 billion, and 80% will reside in urban centers. The project estimates 109 hectares of new land (about 20% more land than the area of Brazil) will be needed to grow enough food to feed them, if traditional farming practices continue...
Techno Desire and Cyber Sex - Part 1

Techno Desire and Cyber Sex – Part 1

That we are intimate with the world is not news. That we have extended this intimacy to our tools is a reality; the idea that we are becoming cyborgs is already here. There is nothing mysterious or futuristic about being a cyborg, part machine part biological organism. Using our smartphones to remember our appointments, a...
Waterless Washing Machine

Waterless Washing Machine

When I first stumbled across Elie Ahovi’s brilliant idea of a waterless washing machine, the professionality of the campaign made me truly believe this was on the market already. Imagine! A more time efficient and ecologically conscious solution to one of the most hideous household chores that many of us endure day-in-day-out. Imagine having the...