Arup envisions living skyscrapers that have everything from brains to a nervous system


Arup Its Alive project report

Architects around the world are busy thinking about the possibilities of next-gen skyscrapers, which they think should be able to produce a considerable, if not all, amount of energy they require and handle waste in a way that is least harmful for the planet. Outthinking all possibilities, engineering giant Arup believes that the added burst of population will require need skyscrapers that are no longer just passive shells, but will be more reactive to the occupants and the environment.

Arup sees that by 2050 there is a possibility that skyscrapers will have their own brains, nervous system and even skin that will allow them to respond to the ambient conditions. The proposals outlined in the project report dubbed “It’s Alive”, sees skyscrapers with nervous systems that can respond to weather or even the number of people inside the room. These smart skyscrapers, could also include urban food production sites and will have ample green spaces that transform the concrete jungles into real jungles.

The facades in the buildings will be complex too and will be able to change the way they look throughout the day. Moreover, the façade could make use of environmentally friendly concrete that can absorb carbon dioxide and could also have paint that can generate renewable solar energy. A major share of the resources required for such a building to operate will come from biofuel produced by algae and water produced from air by wind turbines. While the ideas outlined seem too futuristic right now, much of the technology that Arup plans is use is already developed or is under development.

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