Three Ways We Will Build The Cities Of The Future Through Better Waste Management
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Three Ways We Will Build The Cities Of The Future Through Better Waste Management

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As the global population continues to rise, more and more people are moving from the country to live in cities. This is occurring in both developed and underdeveloped countries, with 70% expected to live in urban areas by 2050. Cities of the future have been depicted in various ways in the movies, but how will these shiny new cities be built sustainably?

What Materials Will Build Tomorrow’s World?

The one key element of our society which must be addressed is the inefficient way in which we use things and throw them away. In the future there will need to be a different understanding of how we use and re-use our resources, perceiving waste as a new resource rather than an unusable one. Here we take a look at three ways that innovative construction waste management will help us build our future.

    1. Urban Mining

Traditionally our raw materials have come out of a hole in the ground, but as these sources dry up and we realise the damage it causes, we have to look at other ways to find what we need. Thankfully, however, tones of these resources are already surrounding us.

Our cities are full of unused buildings and other disused places which can be taken down and recycled. New techniques have been developed over the last couple of decades, allowing materials including copper and other precious metals to be collected and used again.

This approach has far reaching benefits, as it not only prevents new materials from being unnecessarily dug up, but also saves vast amounts of energy which would be used to get the material out the ground and transported to the required location.

    2. Turning Waste Into New Materials

There are already businesses all over the world who are investigating ways to turn a useless material into a useful one. This has already been done for many years on a small scale, such as park benches made from recycled plastic bags.

In the future it is hoped that this can be done to create the materials needed to create entire buildings. Already in existence are wood-like materials which are made from newspaper, and wall tiles which are made from recycled beverage cartons in a process which used no water.

The latest technology has allowed the world’s greatest scientists to mix and match new and used materials to create brand new metals and brick types which are sustainable. Combining and utilising these materials in the building of the future is the challenge we face if we are to continue expanding without impacting nature.

    3. Experimenting With Biological Materials

The possibilities are expanded further if we include all of the various food, liquid and other materials which we regard as waste. These can include biological materials derived from bacteria or fungi.

One area which is being researched is self-healing concrete, which works by mixing bacteria and nutrients which allow smaller cracks to be closed much more easily. Various biological reactions are being discovered which ultimately create a new material which can act as the sustainable solid bricks of our future buildings.

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