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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Cities Of The Future by Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture

September 16th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture

KKA presents two visionary cities of the future. These stories are raising questions on how we can coexist with the nature and technology surrounding us, what kind of spaces that are left for human life in an ever more congested world.


Once there was a city that moved underground. During many centuries it had spread over ever larger areas absorbing its neighbouring cities and eventually covering almost a whole continent with urban fabric. Food was grown in towers and warehouses, agricultural land and parks were too valuable not to be covered with buildings. With time the desire for nature grew stronger among the inhabitants; they dreamed of walking in a forest, going fishing, listening to birds, or climbing a mountain.

Image Courtesy © Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture

They came to a radical conclusion; to rebuild their city underground and cover it with a many meters thick layer of soil. Above a beautiful forest populated with wild animals flourished. Under it humans lived, like moles. They called their city Earth city.

Visits to the overground were rationed to one day yearly for each inhabitant, as there was only a fixed amount of visits that the forest could sustain. As the population of Earth city kept growing, the visits became even rarer. Soon most of the inhabitants saw themselves deprived not only of nature but now also from the sky, from sun and moonlight. Many people never talk of the overground and were only remotely aware of its existence. In their caves and passages they were left to ask themselves where it all went wrong.

Image Courtesy © Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture


Just as the amount of data stored by computers all over the world, Data city is growing exponentially.

Here laser beams are used for holographic data storage. Light from a single laser beam is divided into separate optical patterns of dark and light pixels. By adjusting the reference beam angle, wavelength or media position, several thousand holograms are stored on a single tower containing data information.

When a storage construction is full with information it is designed to reproduce itself. Therefore the frontier of Data city is slowly moving, as the city spreads itself over the surface of the earth.

Data city is the physical materialisation of the internet and all data saved by humanity. It is up to ourselves how large it will grow; how much information we need and how much space we can spare to store it.

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