trishm1 said:Maybe I am too optimistic, but I think adaptive reuse of industrial buildings will become a necessity as we ship more and more of our manufacturing jobs overseas
Rumpy Tuna said:-Trends huh, well in 50 years I could see a water shortage problem in desert cities and so. cal, not to mention flordia due to groundwater sources being overcharged resulting in saltwater intrusion.
-So I predict a great migration of population back to the Great Lakes region, or the use of expensive desanination plants for coastal states, or the diversion of water from lake superior through a canal to desert states by power from a nuclear plant to channel water through the locks (hey I've heard of this one before), or the world comes to an end by then.
-I think cardinal made a great point about what to do with the growing elderly population. What will we due and how will we support the services associated with an elderly pop.?
Also, the end of the auto era as gas prices are either to high, or all the oil is gone.
-Last point, if sprawl continues at the current pace, farm land will become extinct and we will buy all our cloned food from china.
I think this is a really big one (I bet all the girls say that to Rumpy). It will be interesting to see if alternative fuels (hydrogen, CNG) allow car like vehicles to survive or whether something altogether different evolves.Rumpy Tuna said:Also, the end of the auto era as gas prices are either to high, or all the oil is gone.
Budgie said:...and public spaces that include orgy pits filled with whip cream.
Originally posted by Rem
I agree that water will be a big issue, sooner than 50 years though. The result will be that "Water Sensitive Urban Design" will be second nature within 50 years. There will be built form implications from this - potable water harvesting, storm water and gray water reuse, ground water recharging, water use reduction etc.
Mike D. said:Is anyone familiar with Levittown in PA?
What was once a thriving suburban neighborhood is now two steps away from ghetto.
The suburban fad will end someday, leaving acreas and acres of run down housing developments.