September 13, 2010

City of the Future

Posted in environment, Random, thought tagged , , , , at 12:37 am by silivalilife

What comes to your imagination first when asked about the future? In the best scenario that is, without world wars, global warming, ice ages, etc. I am  not sure, there is no much place left in my imagination, because I have been imposed a very generalized image by the people, whether it is an artist, writer, director, or a scientist. A Megapolis that covers whole planet. It is assumed that in best scenario there are going to be a lot of us on a very little space. Oh well, nothing much we can do there.  Ok, I wanted some of those images, from Google.

treehugger.com has a lot of images:

this is how we imagined it may look in 1985

There are more gloomy images, this one might be not the best of the scenarios:

It is quite realistic though, and not much of a future, cities like this exist already.

 This one is creepy too, imagine living in one of these:

All of the images I found have a lot in common. High buildings, some lawns for green feeling. What I could not find in any of those images were the trees. In the present time cities the trees somehow managed to survive, usually dusty, dwarfed and surrounded, tangled in humiliating Christmas lights, but still giving us some illusion of being close to nature.  But according to common vision there is no place even for those our bright future. 

What happened to those childhood love towards climbing trees, hiding in tree houses, sleeping in the shades of the trees.  It is possible that we are feeling unsuitable for the humans on higher level of evolution still getting messed up with the same things our distant ancestors were used to – living among the trees and even hanging on the trees.

Not sure how everyone else, I would feel much happier to live among trees. So I modified my search to look for “city in a forest”.  And, there are images, this one from http://daughterearth.com/blog/2009/01/city-in-the-trees/ I liked

I hope a time will come when we would at least dream of a city where the trees are dominant.