Prof. Dr Marianne Reeb describes a future we can all look forward to. Because, in spite of the dizzying pace of technological progress, humans will be the driving force behind the city of tomorrow even more so than today. The futurologist has identified four points that will likely characterise our vision of the city of the future: health, movement, mixed use and flexibility. Consequently, there will be lots of green spaces and water. City centres will be dominated by cars, bikes and pedestrians alike. Spaces for working and living will often be integrated into one another. The flexible urban landscape will accommodate streets, cycle lanes and footpaths that blend together. We are envisioning a world that at first glance looks familiar – it will only work differently, thanks to increased connectivity and sensor technology. There were approximately 11 billion networked objects as of 2018, and this number will more than double in the next two years. By 2038, the effect on our cities will be streets, buildings, pedestrians, cyclists, buses, trains and cars that are continually connected and directed – as if by magic – to work in harmony.
Prof. Dr Marianne Reeb outlines four possible scenarios for the city of the future with an imagining of Stuttgart’s Marienplatz in 2038.