14th February 2013
Report describes the future of buildings in 2050
Design and engineering firm Arup has launched 'It's Alive' – a report that describes how buildings in our cities could look and function in 2050.
The study, undertaken by Arup's Foresight + Innovation team, 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.
Arup's Foresight + Innovation group was established to help the firm and its clients understand the future of the built environment. The report can be downloaded here (PDF, 8MB).