Cities as Gadgets: 8 Features This Brand-New City Has That Yours Doesn’t
Just guessing: When you go to take out the trash, you don’t drop it into a pneumatic tube, which sucks it to a central processing facility, right? Then you’re not living in the future.
In Songdo, South Korea, planners and developers are building a $35 billion city from scratch. See: “Sim City,” my feature article about the project.
When you’re building a new city, there’s plenty of technology and features to consider that either didn’t exist or weren’t practical in the past. These range from in-building technology to the municipal systems, from private perks to public services.
What’s the point? In some cases, convenience. In others, ways to save money or energy. Songdo’s residents use 40% less energy per person than an average existing city, because of things like building insulation, high-tech lighting, heating, and air conditioning systems, and the like, according to representatives. And the city has almost 14 million square feet of environmentally-certified space.
Here are 10 features Songdo offers that most cities don’t have. One resident told me they make living in Songdo feel “very George Jetson.”