The BuildingFutures Institute (RIBA) published an interesting report on the future of the Architects´profession. It goes pretty well along with my arguments for OpenSimSim in the TEDxTalk in Berlin (see here). The report reveals some interesting and striking facts about trends that can already express themselves today:

The demand for architectural services dropped from 2008 until today by 80%.

55% of the global construction will happen in emerging markets by 2020.

Have a look at the full report or a summary at the building-futures website.

Share Your Thoughts on the Future City 

We helped develop a tweet printer for the round table at the FutureCityLab exhibition so that you can interact with the visitors. Just send your tweets: QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FUTURE, YOUR IDEAS, YOUR CONCERNS, YOUR FORESIGHT to the exhibition mentioning “#FutureCityLab” or writing directly to “@FutureCityLab”


The finals from the design studio from Martin Haas and Jacky Wong took place at the UPenn Design School in Philadelphia. Marcel Bilow ( imagine envelope), Daniel Dendra (anotherArchitect), Matthias Rudolph (Transsolar) and other experts were invited as guest critics.

The students of this years semester had a challenging task, restructure and transform the city airport of Tegel in Berlin, which will be closed later. After a proper analysis of the area, the students picked individually spots on the huge airport area and made their project as part of the future vision of the city of 2050. As part of the futurecitylab the ideas vary from a huge landmark that will allow to grow over time, new concepts for residential areas connected into a newly created forest on the fields up to the transformation of the former airport building into a huge city farming.

Beeing supported by the guests earlier the last month, it was amazing to see the huge steps the students made the last weeks in developing their architectural ideas. On a very high level of quality the students showed their skills as the new generation of architects of the future.

Its is of course still hard to describe how our cities will develop till 2050, but what we are able to see looked promising.

Subway Systems Obey Emergent, Natural Laws As They Grow

 According to a French physicist named Marc Barthelemy , the three emergent patterns that any major metropolitan subway system (with more than 100 stations) should have in common are:

  • - A core and branches, with core stations arranged in a ring shape above the city center
  • - A number of branches that tends toward the square root of the total number of stations
  • - About 20% of core stations contain transfers to two or more other lines.


The last 3 days we had a very inspiring workshop in the Aedes gallery in Berlin. Future City Lab is imagined by Thomas Auer / Transsolar and Daniel Dendra / anotherArchitect to develop and research the furture of our cities of 2050. Following the spririt “ We cant predict the future we have to design it, the future city lab becomes a network of experts, universities and students from all over the world.

Normally without a location, the future city lab settled down in the architectural gallery AEDES in Berlin converting the exhibition rooms into a workshop lab hosting several workshops with world class experts and creative students in different fields of interest.

This time the workshop was called "clothing the city” and was supported by the korean company KOLON, which is one of the biggest groups in Korea. Having the different experts from the automotive, technical textiles and fashion departments on the table the students were able to think about the future of the textile skin of our buildings and facades.

Next to the experts from Kolon, members of the imagine group Thomas Auer, Ulrich Knaack, Holger Techen and Marcel Bilow also the Korean architects from SUH architects Euhlo Suh and Kyungen Kim joined the workshop to support the students with their concepts and ideas.

More info about the future city lab on: http://www.ftrctlb.com/
you can also follow the facebook site of the future city lab just search for futurecitylab.



for the FutureCityLab exhibition in Berlin every participant was supposed to hand in a book as an introduction to a future dialogue. My book is talking on how the “inter"net moment will have changed the city in 2050. The book is an extended version of an article I was writing for the Italian "L´Arca” magazine. I identify  4 trends: SHARING, CROWD SOURCING, CROWD FUNDING and GAMING. 

The answers on how this trends might affect our future are crowd sourced into a 120 page compendium … come and visit the FutureCityLab in Berlin until the 5th of July in order to see this and other books.

Thanks to all the participants!!!!

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Have a look at this fascinating TED talk about the mathematical rules that drive all of us and our cities. There is a lot of interesting insight and statistics in the talk. The conclusion is a bit strange by stating that all companies will go bust. I would have wished it would be more related to cities.

In any case there is loads of interesting thoughts that are also part of our “future city lab” program: http://www.facebook.com/FutureCityLab


… so much fun our sustainable cities could be …

Open Furniture

Over the last four weeks, OpenSimSim has crowdsourced designs for FutureCityLab in partnership with Eternit, Aedes Gallery, and BMW Guggenheim Lab in Berlin. We are proud to announce the three designs that will be fabricated and showcased at the exhibit. The designs are:

Tumblr Stool / Joshua Perez

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Stacking Chair / Bruno Pereira

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Folding Stool / Kyle Rogler

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Phase 2 of OpenFurniture will start after the Future City Lab exhibit. The feedback generated from the crowd will provide the starting point for the next series of ideas and improvements to the open source design. Thank you to all of the collaborators and designers that have helped in generating such incredible ideas! The first phase has been documented by Bruno Pereira in this booklet:

Open publication - Free publishing - More design

Manitoba Hydro considered several aspects to revitalize downtown Winnipeg with their new head office. This includes parking, staff cafeteria and other amenities. Together with key members of the design team and international experts we would like to discuss the achievements and what else could be done to reach a tipping point.

At the FutureCityLab in Berlin we will discuss the utopia of the Bilbao effect. Join us on the 27th of June at the AEDES gallery.

guest experts: 

Bruce Kuwabara, KPMB Architects

Tom Akerstream, Manitoba Hydro

Matthias Sauerbruch, Sauerbruch Hutton

Frank Barkow, Barkow Leibinger

Daniel Dendra, anOtherArchitect

Matthias Böttger, DAZ (tbc)

Martin Rein-Cano, Topotek1 (tbc)

Ares Kalandides, Inpolis

Thomas Auer, Transsolar 

register for the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/312055595555769/


Transsolar is proud to support FutureCityLab: 

We wish for you to join the open-source platform Future City Lab and collectively THINK THE UNTHINKABLE. Participate, share knowledge, establish synergies and create a sustainable roadmap to give rise to the future city 2.0 by 2050.

Climate Change, rapidly growing megacities and the need for new energy sources are challenges we can leverage to develop cities that are vibrant, energy-efficient and sustainable. In the spirit of TED, ftr.ct.lb is a platform for open discussion; using the power of collective ideas to shape a future vision of the city 2.0.

Future City Lab is an open-source initiative created by a worldwide collaboration of leading engineers, universities and scientists using crowd sourcing in order to launch a sustainable future by 2050.

Cities all over the world are facing the biggest challenge in history to immediately and drastically reduce CO2 emissions to combat climate change. Cities need to respond to increasing temperatures, frequency of storms and limited resources. The trend of people moving from rural to urban areas makes cities the focal point in the search for solutions.

City 2.0 adapts to the climate, is built sustainably realizing a CO2 neutral building stock, and is liveable for 2 billion new inhabitants. Increased density is addressed through the optimized use of façades as vertical parks or for energy generation.

This requires a massive change within a short time. To meet these challenges leading engineers, universities and scientists worldwide collaborate to initiate the Future City Lab. By sharing their knowledge and leading discussions about possible solutions, a comprehensive roadmap takes shape. This roadmap will function as a springboard for planners to find solutions and establish the planning directives needed today.

Future City Lab is aiming to revolutionise the design of our future living and city environment. Visions, research results and specialized knowledge are made public for students and experts. By using a web-based platform everyone in the world can participate to investigate, design and illustrate visions in selected cities solving their specific problems. The visions are created for a real site in a city; first the current conditions are shown and then transformed to a sustainable concept of the site. Users may comment and contribute to the visions as a starting point for professional discourse within a mosaic of ideas accessible to everyone.

Urban planning is the design of the unfinished; it is a process that is driven by change. Focusing on collective participation all authors and web users may participate in the development of City 2.0. Take part in shaping the future – join ftr.ct.lb

Universities already in the ftr.ct.lb network: Alghero Italy, ESA Paris, ETH Zürich, UPenn, TU Delft, Syracuse NY, Ryerson Toronto, IUAV Venezia, ANCB Berlin.