Task2 - Infrastructure >> Cities of the Past & Future

"Cities of the Past & Future"

The human race has made significant progress in the last 100 years.

Where do you think we have made the most progress, and where do you feel there is still lots of work left to be done?

In the twentieth century, mankind has made significant progression towards the societies and lifestyles that we enjoy today. The world of 2017 is entirely different to that of 1917 but has it really developed? While some people believe that contemporary society is the result of substantial progress, others feel that important aspects of our lives still require improvement.

Perhaps the greatest achievement of the human race in the last century is the organization of expanding populations into urbanized areas. The world's population has more than doubled in 100 years which has required urbanization on a massive scale. In fact, today, more than 50% of the world's population live in densely populated cities. To enable this, people around the world have engineered and constructed the necessary infrastructure to provide for these urban populations. Moreover, governments have created and implemented the legal frameworks and public services to cater for the citizens of expanding megacities.

However, the city brings with it a major drawback. The problem is that urban areas put stress on the surrounding environment. Cities cannot function without food, water and electricity, and, generally speaking, these essential resources are taken from the surrounding countryside. As a consequence, rural areas are exploited and degraded.

To alleviate this problem, we need to work towards a city that is self-sustaining. For example, water can be harvested from roof tops, waste water can be recycled and energy can be drawn from alternative sources such as solar. It is even possible to produce our food in rooftop gardens.

To conclude, it is my belief that the city of the future will be a more self-sufficient metropolis.