Arup presents skyscrapers with brains
Vision for 2050 sees hyper-smart buildings
In 2050 skyscrapers will be continuously adapting and made from materials that will do everything from filtering air to producing energy.
This is the vision of the future presented this week by Arup in its new report ‘It’s Alive!’.
Among other things, the engineering firm imagines buildings with modular components that can be upgraded and rearranged over time by robots.
Josef Hargrave, foresight and innovation consultant at Arup, said: “In the ecological age, buildings do not simply create spaces, they craft environments.”
Food production will respond to local demand and photovoltaic surfaces will enable on-site production and storage of energy.
The building’s façade will react to changing environmental conditions and people will travel via pedestrian bridges, cable cars and transport hubs.
Hargrave added: “By producing food and energy, and providing clean air and water, buildings evolve from being passive shells, into adaptive and breathing structures supporting the cities of tomorrow.”