LOES THIJSSEN | The Real-time City
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About This Project

Real-time City

Real-Time City is a city adapting to individual desires of its citizens in real-time. The project explores a utopian vision of the city of the future including new technologies, innovative building processes and smart materials in order to maximize personalization, comfort and freedom within the spaces for its inhabitants which can change over time.

Real-time City functions as a second nature around the inhabitants: Similar to the process of a flower, blooming and withering, will spaces within Real-time City appear whenever they are desired and ‘wither’ when they are not in use anymore. Architecture becomes tailor-made for every citizen, in every situation, in all (extreme) conditions.

Architecture will be ‘on demand’, which means that everything becomes temporary, but the past will not be forgotten. Everything can be ordered over and over again. As the architecture of the city is functioning as a service, the citizen can be liberated from possession. This creates more freedom for real-time desires, where he is only enjoying and paying for utilities that he is actually using at that specific moment.

Real-time City is using exploring new technologies such as additive manufacturing and robotic fabrication, smart materials and nanotechnology to create more intelligent spaces that are tailor-made for its inhabitants.

As the spaces of the city are temporary, the materials which are used can be recycled over and over again. Biopolymers such as chitosan, cellulose but also bioplastics are used as materials that are affordable, easily printable as well as recyclable.

The networks of infrastructure, water, waste and energy are adapting with the emerging content of spaces. The veins of the city network will feed every space with enough energy, water and accessibility. The city is using real-time data to analyse, optimize and improve the city networks.

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