Author Archives: Emily Loomis

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Transportation&Parks

What does a future city mean to you?

It has been predicted that by 2050 the population could grow to more than 9 million people. With the seemingly ending population rise there will be an increased need for better housing and transportation. But one thing I think a lot of cities lack is green space. To me, the future of cities will include more parks and green space and new, improved and more energy efficient transportation.

There are many ideas that have come up for more efficient transportation – but there are a few I think will be superior to shaping the future cities. Recently, SOM designed the new rail system, the Denver Union Station. This project is projected to boost Colorado’s economy by $3 billion through 2020. SOM believes that the future of design will be based around transportation, thus reconnecting the American sprawl that once was the American dream. Now people want beautiful architecture, the convenience of walking or talking a train a few stops to visit a friend.

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Another project that I thought was intriguing was the new cable car system in Medellin, Columbia. With poverty and gang violence big issues, there was a huge divide between the populations. People were scared to even try to leave their communities. With the instillation of the cable car, people now have more access to jobs, better opportunities to increase for a better life, and integrates the poor into the city. In addition to the cable car, they have taken steps to use architecture to make public places safer and less of a threat to those who live in the communities.

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Being a lover of nature, I am biased to cities that have a plethora of parks but research has shown that spending time outside increases happiness. I think it is so important that cities incorporate more parks – even if it is just surrounding buildings – even to the point of razing run down buildings to make room for green space. There is a new trend called “eco-district” that is a rising idea in many cities. Defined, it is an urban area in which collaborative economic, community and infrastructure redevelopment is explicitly designed to reduce negative and create positive environmental impacts. I believe that this will become very relevant in the upcoming years as more and more people realize how important it is to include green space into designs. Below is a design for a car-less city in China.

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https://medium.com/@SOM/why-transit-is-driving-a-new-american-dream-10b4af4716ad#.1qhxlf3nh

From Green Buildings to Eco-Districts to Eco-Cities

8 Cities That Show You What the Future Will Look Like