What will the city of the future look like? According to the United Nations, by the year of 2050, 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas. Questions dominate our conception of the “City 2.0”: How will we transport ourselves? Where will we grow our food? How will we power our homes, our offices, our cities? What will happen to the natural world?
On October 13, 2012, communities across the globe will be asking these questions as part of TEDxCity2.0 day, a day during which nearly 70 TEDx events will be held in conjunction to dream the city of the future.
To celebrate the City 2.0 and the spirit of urban inspiration, here are 5 great TEDxTalks on the future of cities across the globe.
Architecture is a language: Daniel Libeskind at TEDxDublin
Renowned architect Daniel Libeskind sees his profession as more than just building and design. For him, architecture is art, music, a language by which a city can communicate its culture, future, ambitions, and energy. In this talk at TEDxDublin, we see how Daniel’s innovative designs and forward-thinking mindset easily put him in the league of great architects ready to design cities for the future.
Urban farming: Roman Gaus at TEDxZurich
Roman Gaus never thought he’d be a farmer. Now part of an urban farming collective in his city of Zurich, Switzerland, he harvests his own fish and produce on a regular basis. In this talk at TEDxZurich, he explains aquaponics: self-contained agriculture that relies on a symbiotic relationship between plants and fish — the fish provide nutrients for plants while the plants filter water for fish — all within portable containers made from recycled materials.
Use our cities’ untapped talent: Eyvette Jones-Johnson at TEDxSkidRow
What makes a city: a structure or its inhabitants? Eyvette Jones-Johnson’s believes you can change a place just by changing a person. In her talk at TEDxSkidRow, she describes how empowering citizens can create a ripple effect, empowering communities, services, and businesses to work better. She gives special attention to the homeless and working poor, whose potential to be catalysts for change, she says, is often ignored.
Turn cities into human power plants: Laurence Kemball-Cook at TEDxBerlin
Laurence Kemball-Cook, an industrial design engineer, is the inventor of the Pavegen, a paving tile made of recycled car tires that converts the kinetic energy of footsteps into electrical power. In his talk at TEDxBerlin, he imagines a city where kinetic energy powers the electronic staples of the city, from street lights to safety installations.
On dismantling urban highways in cities: Diana Lind at TEDxPhiily
Across the United States, cities are re-purposing their streets. In this talk at TEDxPhilly, Diana Lind describes many of the ways urban spaces can benefit from rejecting “car culture” and reconstructing the grid, from adding bike lanes, to creating greenspaces, to turning streets into people-friendly social spaces.