The sci-fi movie fantasies depicting the cities of tomorrow have a range of commonalities: the sheer density of urban form, the soaring building heights and the multistorey compartmentalization of space into different uses. The ground becomes the seedbed for humans to pass around with proportionally greater ease – a more efficient and pleasant way to live. The echelons above ground level are the breeding ground for mechanized urban mobility, each layer presenting a free and rapid flow of electric vehicles hovering the city straights. Movement is reaching optimized levels as the notion of traffic becomes antiquated; congestion is monitored by an inter-connecting set of supercomputers that ensure the most well-ordered movement of humans, goods and services.
The ground consists of sweeping green areas, beautified public recreation areas and other habitats (such as exotic biomes). The basic quality of life created is of exceptional caliber and the health of urban citizens forges a major platform for human advancement. Life expectancies rocket, the plights of an aging population eliminated and perhaps even civilian morale will be boosted (which trickles down from the corporate world to the very basics of family life). In fact, an Austrian architect by the name of Frederick Kiesler, the mastermind behind the ‘City in Space‘ concept, claimed that the ability to “move in a straight line” without physical impediment (besides buildings) is one of the key drivers behind lowered energy consumption.
Via Adela Ciurea