Our cities are still defined by urban structures established many centuries ago, sometimes dating back to Roman times, more often shaped in the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution. However, our world is changing rapidly. Surfaces are always the result of the underlying principles.
Are the solutions of the past still viable today, especially in face of technological advances of post-modern societies such as the internet? I’m interested in how urban environments, architectural and transportation concepts can be made more responsive to the needs of its current inhabitants. How cities can become more useful, sustainable and flexible. But: Growth and prosperity are limited more than ever. Cities will have to adjust to this. How will this affect the city’s surfaces in the future? Start to imagine!
Mario Lombardo asks: What should the surface of a city look like?
Sheila Pepe answers: The surface of the city should be built with “Fuzzy Logic,” a new kind of smarts that utilizes multiple truth-values, rather than a singe binary system of “black and white.”
Some parts should literally be fuzzy: I-beams replaced by crocheted carbon fiber structures. Others should multitask: rooftop gardens filled with hemp and soy crops, bio-engineered to grow in vibrant colors, and spun using new technologies to send yarn cascading down to every sidewalk. Armies of crafters crochet and knit clothing as needed. Webs should cover the city, providing workers with sky-hammocks to rest in and zip-lines for interbuilding transport. Everybody should be connected through “Spidey-sense,” a sixth sense to keep us on our toes in this changing world.