Buildings

In the city of the future, residential properties will be "smart" and buildings will be retrofitted and designed with cutting-edge technology to account for the demands of growing urban populations.

As urban population increases, urban housing must meet new demands. Urban planners will need to reevaluate obsolete architectural decisions and create energy-efficiency multifamily housing that is attractive, safe, and affordable. 

Energy efficiency will be a priority for all buildings. New buildings will be built with best-in-class equipment and old buildings will be retrofitted with efficient technology. Building control systems will be installed to ensure that buildings are running as efficiently as possible.

 LED Bulbs are just one advancement in  building efficiency technolog

LED Bulbs are just one advancement in  building efficiency technolog

 

In order to address energy security concerns and combat global climate change, renewable energy and battery storage will be used wherever possible.

 Decreasing costs in solar technology, energy storage solutions, energy efficient lighting, and high-performance insulation will enable residential properties to become energy neutral. 

  Rooftop Greenhouse in Whole Foods Brooklyn.   Source: flickr user   Reana

Rooftop Greenhouse in Whole Foods Brooklyn.
Source: flickr user Reana

With the majority of the global population living in cities, the city of the future will need to address urban food deserts by prioritizing urban agriculture. Rooftop gardens will be an easy solution, utilizing space that is otherwise unused. Incorporating small-plot gardening in recreational areas and parks can also improve local agriculture efforts, reduce transportation costs, and limit emissions from commercial haulers. This movement will enable cities to create a food oasis.