Living in one of Asia’s rapidly growing metropolises like Bangkok or New Delhi, with their traffic jams and densely packed neighborhoods, it’s hard to imagine a future not plagued by endless congestion.
Governments, companies, and individuals in Asia are working together to solve these problems and explore innovative solutions in their quest to build the cities of tomorrow. Ford recently invited an up and coming to graphic design artist David Horsburgh to share his vision of four Asian cities over the next two decades. While art cannot predict the future, it can hint at where it may lead. In the four animated videos David created, he imagines the cities of tomorrow as spaces of possibility and hope.
“I’ve traveled to many cities and experienced some of these challenges first-hand. For this City of Tomorrow project, it was exciting to set aside the reality of the present and visualize a world in which today’s problems are a thing of the past,” said Horsburgh. “I am hopeful that technology will get inspired by this art, to develop in ways that can make our vision of a better future a reality.”
“Bangkok, New Delhi, Shanghai, and Sydney are four vastly different cities at different stages of development and each faces a unique set of challenges,” said John Yang, Director, Ford Smart Mobility, Asia Pacific. “Using each city’s most pressing challenges as starting points, David’s art creatively imagines how current and future technologies can address problems of overcrowding, traffic congestion, and pollution to make cities of tomorrow more livable, showcasing new possibilities and thinking.”
The following is David’s artistic vision for four cities in the Asia Pacific region.
Traffic jams are a relic of the past – something parents tell their children about when talking about the “old city”. Using hologram smartwatches to plan their commute on the go, people move freely through the city via on-demand car pods and an expanded sky train system, all while traffic drones patrol the skies above to ensure the city is running smoothly. Solar-powered magnetic levitation shuttles to transport people from downtown to the furthest outskirts of the city as part of the world’s fastest commuter service, once again connecting residents to a city that was lost to them as it expanded outward.
New Delhi 2040
The city has been reconnected to nature, with lush, green underground parks and buildings re-purposed into urban forests with rooftop gardens growing fresh local produce and flowers. The new public transportation network is safe, sustainable and accessible to all. The future of Delhi is more personalized, as reality is augmented by the virtual, with metro-lines and stations using holograms to provide information and directions to passengers.
The streets have been returned to the people with open green spaces of parks and cycling routes throughout the city. New solar-powered metro lines and e-car superhighways seamlessly move people and goods around the city with minimal impact on the environment, while self-driving taxis can be ordered on demand at any time with the touch of a button.
Already a thriving, modern metropolis, in 2040 Sydney is a leading connected city and a bustling hub of exciting new technologies. The skyline has been transformed with rooftop gardens on every building and skyscrapers glistening with solar panels powering the city. A new cycle superhighway that runs alongside Sydney Harbor Bridge eases congestion while smart AV car lanes encourage residents to crowd-source their commutes.
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