The World Heath Organization estimates that 6 out of 10 people in the world will live in cities by 2030, and 7 out of 10 by 2050. That alarming calculation lead Terreform One, a nonprofit design group that promotes smart and ecological design in cities, to channel significant thought into what new technologies can be harnessed to sustain growing populations. One of their ideas is Rapid Re(f)use, above, a project that supposes an extended New York built from its own landfill material stored at Fresh Kills. The process uses modified robot 3D printers to create sustainable structures built of the different materials found in the landfill. Notice the shout-out to the Statue of Liberty above, which may or may not be underwater.
In collaboration with BBC Future, Terreform One will be displaying the results of their efforts in Building Tomorrow, an exhibit at 168 Bowery from April 4 to 6.
· Terreform One [official]
· Thought Experiments archive [Curbed]