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Future City for People

If cities used to grow by accident, the future city must be designed by thorough considerations for people’s physical and mental requirements. Every single design decision is made in order to accomplish better life. And here are some key words for the future city.



According to the finding, The 8 Principles from Planning Cities for People, there are 8 principles are essential to a sustainable city and a high quality of life. “Walk, Connect, Transit, Cycle, Mix, Densify, Compact and Shift.” From my perspective, each one of them talks about a specific aspect of mobility, from transportation to daily life. As a significant element of the future city, mobility works as an artery to make every component operated accurately.Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 1.16.59 PM


colombia-medellin-100-resilient-cities1Recently, the development of Medellin set a example of a resilience city. It is nestled in a valley high in the Andes, while on the steep slopes, there are a lot of poor residents living there. After the ’90s, they tried to get outside but they found that it was extremely hard to go anywhere. Facing this situation, the mayor introduced cable car to the city. Like what Julio Davila, a urban planner said, “The genius of the Metro cable is that it actually serves the poor and integrates them into the city, gives them access to jobs and other opportunities.” There are more than one way to solve all of the problems and for a future city, it should have the ability to adapt changing conditions. Moreover, after successfully connecting the poorest area with the rest area, they developed beautiful design of libraries and parks, and community activists created graffiti.future city


As the limited land sources are nearly using up in many of the large cities, those cities turned to grow vertically. But what brought after are lots of concerns in environmental, financial, and sociopolitical areas. It became to lose the link between access to nature, physical and mental joy. We are asked to make our city more divers, which is able to accomplish each individual’s need. In large cities like London, Tokyo, Shanghai, etc., people are more willing to engage in the study of culture diversity. Instead of all kinds of similar building types, more and more traditional building elements are introduced to the modern society, such as the new Shanghai Natural History Museum inspired by the water gardens of Suzhou, and this is where the characteristic of the city emerges. Small neighborhoods like the Liberty Center, plenty activity area for both adult and children, various stores and surrounding communal facilities lead to diversity within a small range.




Nowadays, architects and planers are paying more effort in sustainable design, while city and governments are committing to global carbon emission reductions. This is such a quite well-known element that we now are all seeking for sustainable urban growth. LA city develops its LED lighting program and replace imported plants in order to turn the landscape into less-thirsty, Mecca utilizes the pneumatic pipe system to solve the problem of 600 tons of trash a day. Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 9.10.43 AMPlus the widely used green climate and water system, we are able to have some glimpse about how sustainability will develop in the future.




The thesis of The Parametric City is that, “The cities of the future can only be sustainable if they become truly parametric.” This is more like a high-tech in architecture and planning area and obviously, it is becoming the future trending in design area. Parametricism asks for every element to be parametrically malleable which allows the “mutual responsiveness as well as contextual adaptation”. Zaha  Hadid Architects, Coop Himmelblau, MAD Architects, as well as many other architects made a lot of practice in this area. It is hopeful and exciting to look forward to more possibilities working on the collaboration between inside and outside based on parametricism since we have already had so many great work on façade and exterior skin design.MAD_Harbin_Opera_House_015_©Adam_Mork-680x350



  1. Global Green Cities,
  2. The 8 Principles from Planning Cities for People,
  3. Examples of Future Cities,
  4. Parametric Urbanism, + case studies of Zaha Hadid urban design project. Patrik Schumacher,