City of the Future

Joey Hendershot, Guest Editorial

In a few years this could be your new home. Except…  maybe not yet. This housing development in Dubai is at the forefront of futuristic sustainable technology. After spending 350 million dollars and several years on construction, the idea became a reality. Although it is not a perfectly closed loop, the city has become the closest to perfection in the world as of 2020. New intricate plans have been released from Singapore to build 42,000 eco-friendly homes in its new prototype city. Large companies like Amazon and Tesla have entertained this idea as well. 

 

But what makes this sustainable city in Dubai so special? The city stands out because it is becoming a reality. In a world where many people would shy away from living in an area so controlled, this city has marketed itself to be incredibly appealing. Recycling, composting, and even reflective paint have made the city eco friendly. The city uses artificial rivers and small treatment plants inside its walls to process grey and black water. This water then goes on to grow food in one of the eleven “Biodomes”, or large greenhouses, as the rest of us might call them. Food that is produced by the Biodomes is given to local restaurants to be prepared for residents. Since the city is small, residents don’t need a car to get around, and most residents that own a car use it for out of town purposes. Many people who live in the city don’t own electric cars, although there are still many that do. The city itself doesn’t have any gas vehicles inside because it is so friendly to electric vehicles. There are numerous charging stations around the city and small electric buggies that can be used when something is too far to walk. When residents wish to travel outside of the city they still use gas cars because it is more convenient in the outside world. Living in this development is even estimated to cut the average Carbon footprint by two, and the North American carbon footprint by eight. 

Although there are many benefits, it is difficult to depend on regular people to make a switch to sustainable living by themselves. Government lawmakers around the world are noticing this trend, and over the years this resistance to change has made it harder to live unsustainably. Private investors, like the ones in this project, have proven successful in providing housing for thousands of people at a low cost. 

 

Would you live in a sustainable city?