City of the Future
The formation of cities is one of the greatest substantial leaps we have made as mankind. Creating a way to provide security and to convene in large numbers has been the foundation of all the great achievements of our civilisation. Throughout the millennia as cities became more commonplace, and as they gradually grew in size and in number of inhabitants, new challenges arose at every step of the way. The cities were always growing and facing unprecedented problems at the same time. At every important juncture in history, human brilliance has been able to find a new, previously unimaginable way to solve them. From the earliest innovations that allowed crops to increase their yield dramatically to sustain a larger population of a city by having complex irrigation systems to battlements and drawbridges that were designed to provide safety from invaders.
We have learned to build tall structures in order to maximize the utility out of a plot of land and found ways to give electricity to cities without having the skylines tangled in power lines. However, there is one innovation that had improved the living conditions in the city that was the most impactful – sewer systems. We don’t like to think about them at all, but we must keep in mind that it was the single and most significant improvement brought to the concept of a city in terms of improving the wellbeing of its inhabitants. Before this improvement, diseases were rampant in large cities due to reckless disposal of waste. Thousands died every month from infectious diseases. In Victorian London, you could see people dumping waste on the streets and mostly into the river Thames. The residents called the insufferable stench it produced the “evil odour” and the situation got so severe to the extent that the waste that was rising from the river reached the parliament steps. This led to the entire city, from the members of parliament to every single commoner on the streets agreeing that the problem was urgent and that it had to be addressed with haste.
The cities of the 21st century seemingly don’t have a situation as dire as the 19th century London. However, as they had the “evil odour” indicating how dire their situation was, we might have our own warnings as well. We almost forget that the sky is not supposed to be grey or murky when we look up and it seems often times that it is in major cities, we simply accept it and move on with our day. People have a significant impact on the environment in general, and most people seem to be moving into cities. Right now, estimates show that 50% of the world’s population live in urban areas, and it is expected to rise to 66% by 2050. All those people will need electricity and water and all the comforts that a city may offer. Since most people are either living or will live in major cities, it is easy to conclude that the human negative impact on the environment will be saturated in the urban areas.
We are yet at another important junction where we once again must save the city. As countless times before, we have a problem starring at us and we have no way of running from it. It is a time where human adaptability and ingenuity must find a way like it always has. We at Un1imited have been aware of the problem and we have come to offer the world our solution. SolarMill can be the way forward of the future, they could be the new addition to the ever-evolving concept of the city. What we have is a solution that could forever transform the urban landscape and solve one of the biggest problems of our day. We imagine that the cities of the future will have facades covered with SolarMill that will gently follow the Sun as it makes its way across the sky in a perfectly synchronised array. We are hoping to see the future in which having a building that comes to life with the morning sun. We want to see that perfect harmony of technology and architecture that is ultimately being commanded by the natural flow of the sun, as everything else is.