Now in the 21st century, modern cities are due for radical change following the limited resources and lack of infrastructural amenities for the growing population. Such problems are often neglected by the public due to the lack of realization that half of the world’s population now resides in the cities and that it is predicted to rise between 70% to 80% by 2050, according to the statistics released in 2007 by the United Nations. Despite such expanded interests in urbanization, the cities face shortage of land and resources to accommodate the growing population. The issue calls for appropriation of climate change, production, waste and coexistence of artificial and organic ecosystems within the cityscape in order to stagnate the increasing expenses to live in the city.
In the midst of COVID-19, major cities are faced with the shift in urban circulation and public use of city infrastructures in order to align with the demands of the social distancing restrictions. The need of tall offices within tight city blocks became less prominent as the population began to rely on the internet to make a living. This begins to question how the urban population could benefit from new city infrastructures that could possibly replace the unused commercial spaces. In fact, the opportunity arises for the food production to coexist, alongside the existing urban infrastructures. However, with limited land space and populated atmosphere, cities naturally depend on the countryside for food production, which requires more transportation and delivery costs in order to feed the city population. Thus, more pollution and waste are produced from the process as cities begin to grow over time.
One speculation that proposes new solution for the future cities in 2100 is to implement agricultural production within the existing city infrastructure. The speculation pushes forward a new bridge infrastructure that embodies indoor food growing facilities that hangs over the vehicle-oriented highway infrastructure. This system starts not only reprograms the unused spaces of the highway, but also introduces the city with agriculture production as it starts to overlay on top of existing urban civic exchange as well as the highway system. This new model of localized growing could start to facilitate the availability of food locally as well as exposes the agriculture production to the city ecosystem below. This hybrid of infrastructure and civic exchange will tackle the issue of limited land space in the cities as well as enhance the food production available for the locals. With such integration of infrastructure in the cities, more job opportunities will open for the locals without the need for long hour commutes to the city, enabling lower cost and enhanced well-being of individuals.
This post-natural solution to the city problem accumulates the new infrastructure and existing city lifestyles to intersect, creating a new hybrid condition of infrastructural sublime. Such overlap of the systems will not only promote the localized productions of the city, but also introduce a new civic reality for the inhabitants of the city. By showcasing the food production to the public city realm, the facility itself becomes a celebration of human advancements towards clean energy and green future. In addition, the integration of civic activities along the facility will create new opportunities for visitors, students and workers to share knowledge as well as to partake in a shared ecosystem. Simultaneously, the localization of the facilities within the cities will also eliminate the need for transportation of food, which will guarantee fresher ingredients and faster and easier access to food locally. As more facilities populate the cityscape, the need for vehicular use will demise as the cities will be become more pedestrian friendly. With more pedestrians, it will reshape the public participation in the cities creating more shared communities with less separation between different occupants and age groups in the near future.