With 8 out of 10 of us now living in cities in the U.K, the fight to keep our cities clean and sustainable are crucial more than ever, but what do we have to do in order to achieve this?
Important elements like, reducing carbon footprint, improving living standards, are just a few of the many global predicaments that we need to consider and we are slowly bringing a solution to these problems, especially in cities. Whether it’s using solar energy or using less paper, each of these small actions are efficient in taking the bigger leap into a healthier and glowing environment. Technological innovation has also been playing it's part in recent years and exciting companies such as Sky Source and Trees For Cities are putting their expertise into practice by offering us environmental friendly solutions to our fundamental needs.
It’s becoming apparent that we are all a little bit more alert of the world we live in, due to social changes and political uproars, forcing us to react and create this scene of togetherness. And so there are people taking action across the globe and next week the Climate Change Conference 2017 will be hosted in Colombo, Sri Lanka and we are certain that there will be plenty to talk about. Particularly, the increasingly high levels of pollution and smog in China’s over-populated cities; however the ‘Vertical Forest’ was announced just last week and we think this could be beneficial to our own capital, London. Maybe the Gherkin could be the first to see re-construction with it’s quirky silhouette and transparent manner.
Nanjing is located in the midst of China, and this is where the Vertical Forest will take place. It will consist of 1,100 trees fused with over double the amount of plants and shrubs (2,500) that will be included into tall story buildings, ultimately cleansing the air and maintaining temperature control. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this before though, as in Lausanne, Switzerland and Milan, Italy have already applied the incredible architecture to their buildings and spaces. The architect is Stefan Boeri Architetti who recently stated the impact of his designs via his website: 'Each of these attempts is extremely important for the future of architecture and the future of our planet, because the single thought can have certain impact, but thousands of thoughts can change the world.’ This seems to be the motive on a worldwide scale too, with filmmaker Oscar Boyson highlighting the positive energy across the continents, as we strive to keep up with city life and the changes in which we can adapt to, as long as we tap into the correct state of mind.
It’s about doing more with less and acting upon the innovative sources that we have on offer. It trickles down to the type of society that we want to be a part of, as the more people who get involved, then the greater the encouragement to seek change, and eventually shaping our world the way we want to see it.
Check out Oscar's video here: The Future Of Cities