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12 NEWS FUTURES


Arup report paints best and worst case scenarios for the planet’s future


A new report ‘2050 Scenarios: Four Plausible Futures’ published by engineering consultancy Arup, depicts “how we could live in 2050, based on the intersection between our planet’s health and societal conditions.” The report discusses how, in one of four future planetary scenarios, an ever-expanding population and declining planetary health could see “gigantic air domes combatting the leading cause of death, air pollution, and the total destabilisation of global weather patterns.” The four “divergent” futures in the


report include – Humans Inc., Extinction Express, Greentocracy and Post Anthropocene – and they range from the collapse of our society and natural system, to the two living in sustainable harmony. The report is intended to inform


decisions on the design and planning of our built environment. It covers all elements of the built environment – from design and architecture to political agendas, smart technology adoption to healthcare access and population control. Each scenario has been developed using “detailed research of trends and projections from think tanks,


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Are our cities ready for the age of the driverless car?


As we approach “a new stage in our urban transformation,” says RIBA, its new title ‘Automatic for the City: Designing for the Age of the Driverless Car’ looks to “prepare urban designers and city planners for the introduction of connected autonomous vehicles (CAVs), to our streets.”


Driverless cars are set to become a common feature in the wealthiest urban environments as early as within the next 10 years, authors Riccardo Bobisse and


Andrea Pavia predict. “With the revolution that was the private automobile after World War One, for example, many cites underwent an unprecedented transformation,” says urban designer Bobisse. “We are now approaching a similar revolution, for which we must be prepared.” As a result of this prognosis, practical


guidance on “transformative city-wide design principles” are illustrated in the book via two case studies – focusing on


governments, statistical data, NGOs and research institutions, and shows how progress towards achieving the United


Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) can drive change for our planet and outlook for humanity.”


the two major metropolises of London and Los Angeles. Using the analogy of a human body to


represent the city, with its “mutation and revolution throughout time and history,” the book “tries to envision ways in which cars and CAVs can coexist, providing insight into the future of our urban environments.” ‘Automatic for the City’ “reflects the relationship between new technologies and urbanism, as well as providing an agile urban design manual.” It features comprehensive illustrations, including “masterplans of spatial arrangements enabled by new technologies. The publication aims to “inform, inspire and encourage industry professionals to design for what could be just around the corner,” said RIBA.


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