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Wednesday23 July 2014

Arup presents skyscrapers with brains

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Vision for 2050 sees hyper-smart buildings

Arup's urban building of the future

Arup’s urban building of the future

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.”

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  • If the building finds that its occupants are using too much energy, will it evict them?

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  • Scott Dale

    I won't be holding my breath. I'm still awaiting my jet pack I was promised in the 1070's.

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  • Scott Dale

    1970's.

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  • Pedestrian bridges! Genius! Why has no one thought of this before?

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  • I don't want the future to be like that. Stop the world. I want to get off.

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  • @ Scott: 1970s. No apostrophe.

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  • Thumbs ups to the very optimistic visionary done by Arup. 2050s I think we could not do this anymore, the bible says "Jesus Christ will come very soon". All the prophecies been done already the actual advent is the only not yet happening. It may happen anytime soon just like a thief.

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