From Eco-Friendly Bike Paths to Conceptual Floating Cities

 - Jan 13, 2018
Where environmentally friendly architecture once focused on individual homes, buildings, or functions, architects and designers are now taking strategic approaches to combat long-term, systemic issues related to urban planning. The most important eco architecture trends in 2017 have revolved around how governments, designers and architects are coming together to resolve the pollution and population-related consequences of rapidly developing urban environments.

One way in which eco-friendly architecture can be integrated into cities' long-term plans involves infrastructure that better supports bike usage – cutting down on both pollution and traffic congestion in cities. Examples of such innovations include the Radbahn Berlin bike path, which joins neighborhoods and features greenery-rich architecture, as well as the Cykelhust apartment complex which was designed specifically for cyclists – built with large elevators, ample storage space and a bike-specific parking garage.

Another way in which cities will eventually be transformed fundamentally to accommodate growing populations is by entirely new ways of architectural placement. One such example is Baca Architects' conceptual designs, which reveal floating cities and communities that mitigate some of the consequences of overpopulation.