November 27, 2012
Designing a city has never seemed easier. Nearly every firm of note has produced a master plan or four in the last five years or so, usually at the bidding of an Emirate elite or as part of an elaborate slideshow for some “visionaries” conference. Needless to say, not many are taken too seriously, and the prospective cities quickly devolve into a “greatest hits” of the architects’ built and (mostly) unbuilt work. Still, it’s hard for an architect to turn down a chance to design the city of tomorrow. It’s a right of passage.
Cue “FREE City”, a new ideal blueprint by Fernando Romero Enterprise (FREE) for a future sustainable city that consists of a lot of flashy renderings and a sprinkling of ideology. FREE City is a prototype for emerging urban areas of the 21st century and which aims to become a model for urban planning for years to come. Currently being exhibited at the 2nd Creativity World Biennale, the master plan depicts an urban future in which everyone has access to security, healthcare, education, and the state-of-the-art technologies. If only. Read more.