Tomorrow’s Future City, The Solutions Journal, Volume 1, Issue 6, November 2010, Pages 73 ( Abstract: It begins with two birds in a maple tree rooted atop a glass building. The camera pulls quickly back, passes below a monorail, ascends, and pans to capture a strangely tranquil, computer-generated cityscape. Birds chirp. Popular Science magazine has never been short on creativity, and this, their urban vision of the future—“the Green Mega City”—is no exception. “By 2030,” the splash page announces, “five billion souls will be living in urban areas, up from 3.3 billion today.” Accommodating this ballooning population without losing sight of environmental sustainability will require radical innovation from designers, engineers, and architects. The Future City website offers a glimpse of how this innovation might look. The centerpiece of the website is an animated slideshow that presents a vision of a city in the year 2030: driverless buses with magnetic navigation sail past wind turbines on highway medians; ultra-efficient desalination plants pump water to … Topics: Technology