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Homes in the sky, earth and sea

In 100 years’ time, super skyscrapers will dwarf the Shard and people will live in underwater bubble cities and travel on holiday with their homes, according to a new report.

The SmartThings Future Living Report, written by a team of academics and commissioned by electronics firm Samsung SmartThings, has predicted that the way we live will change beyond all recognition over the course of the next century.

The report predicted a futuristic London skyline where high rise apartments tower above Europe’s current highest building, the Shard, as well as travel by drone and underwater cities.

Many of the report’s predictions were influenced by explected population growth. They includebuilding super tall skyscrapers and 25-storey subterranean developments, dubbed earth-scrapers. 

Underwater cities, drone trasportation, 3D printed houses, and even 3D printed food were all predicted to become the norm by 2116. 

“Our lives today are almost unrecognisable from those a century ago,” said University College London physics and astrology research associate and report co-author Maggie Aderin-Pocock. ”The internet has revolutionised the way we communicate, learn and control our lives.

“Over the next century we will witness further seismic shifts in the way we live and interact with our surroundings – working on The SmartThings Future Living Report with a panel of industry experts, has allowed me to explore what these could be.

How infrastructure will look in 2116

Super skyscrapers: carbon nanotubes and diamond nanothreads will help create towering megastructures

“Earth-scrapers”: huge structures will tunnel 25-storeys deep or more

Underwater cities: are likely to become a reality – using the water itself to create breathable atmospheres and generating hydrogen fuel through the process

 Drones and travelling holiday homes: personal flying drones will replace cars, and “drone mules” will be strong enough to carry entire homes around the world for holidays

3D printing of houses and furniture: the ability to print exact replicas of large scale structures like houses from local, recyclable materials

Hyper-flexible living spaces and smart walls: flexible living spaces will adapt by changing room layouts and furniture. Smart LED room surfaces will mean there is no need to re-decorate, as walls, floors and ceilings will adapt to suit the mood

3D-printed Michelin-starred meals: dishes will be downloaded tailored to meet personal needs, and banquets or favourite cakes will be 3D printed

Virtual meetings and a three-day working week: working lives will be transformed with the use of holograms allowing meetings to be attended virtually. Time saved travelling to and attending meetings could lead to a shorter working week thanks to improved time-efficiency

Home medi-pods: these will provide a digital diagnosis and supply medicine or a remote surgeon if needed

But not everyone agreed with the report’s predictions.

Of 2,000 people surveyed, 41% thought that commercial flights to space would be available. But only 18% thought that giant skyscrapers that could house entire cities would become a reality.

The report’s co-authors include the University of Westminster architecture lecturers Arthur Mamou-Mani, Toby Burgess.

Watch a video about the report here.

New Civil Engineer reported last year on a vision of construction in 2045 that included builders as half man, half machine, with virtual foremen running sites.




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