© Arup

A vision of the urban building of the future

Lloyd Alter
Design / Green Architecture
February 14, 2013

Giant engineering firm Arup looks into the future with a vision of what a building might be like in 2050, in their Foresight publication. If you think things are changing fast now, fasten your seatbelts; you are in for a bumpy ride.

In 2050 the urban dweller and the city ar in a state of constant flux- changing and evolving in reaction to emerging contexts and conditions. The urban building of the future fosters this innate quality, essentially functioning as a living organism in its own right- reacting to the local environment and engaging with the users within.


© Arup

Once again, a debt is owed to Archigram for their Plug-In City, as the building adapts to different circumstances;

Prefabricated and modular systems are moved and assembled by robots that work seamlessly together to install, detect, repair and upgrade components of the building system. Technology spaces and facades can be rapidly manipulated and modified, dictated by factors such as the addition or subtraction of program, density of dwellers, or other context based and environmental cues.


© Arup

Read more: A vision of the urban building of the future : TreeHugger.

Home           Top of page