The Future of Architecture: 7 Master Plans That Rethink the Way Cities Work

The urban way of life is en route towards completely new frontiers.

Nathaniel Bahadursingh
Nathaniel Bahadursingh

Within the past two decades, slews of new cities have appeared out of what seems like thin air. Places facing rapid urbanization and population growth have expressed this trend the most. Master-planned cities in developing countries are seen as a potential means to shift away from agricultural and resource-based economies. Another driver behind this new cities trend is the looming threat of climate change.

Ideas advocating for increased utilization of technology, greater integration of the natural environment, and even developing floating cities at sea have all been explored and implemented. The way cities have traditionally developed has been completely flipped on its head, and this is only the tip of the iceberg. Here are seven planned cities around the world that completely rethink the way urban living works.

Smart Forest City

Italian architect Stefano Boeri unveiled plans for a forested smart city situated in Cancun, Mexico, designed to be a pioneer for eco-efficient developments. Smart Forest City Cancun is intended to sit on a 557-hectare site near the city and, according to the architect, will contain 7.5 million plants. Both botanical garden and contemporary city, it intends to form a greater relationship between nature and the urban environment. The abundance of greenery will serve to depollute the surrounding environment. Data collection and management will be used to improve various aspects of city life. The forest city will also be self-sufficient in producing its own food and energy. Smart Forest City Cancun is designed to become a center for advanced research and will house 130,000 inhabitants.

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