Everyone's heard the saying "What's old is new again," right? Well, this couldn't be more applicable to 21st-century cities.
For all the focus that's placed on smart, tech-savvy cities of the future, the truth is that, in many ways, cities are turning back the clock. After a period of incredible waste, we've entered a period of incredible panic: If we don't find more sustainable ways to live and work, our future cities are doomed.
As the following pages will show, the answers that city decision makers are coming up with have been there all along. In planning our future cities, we're really just returning to the past. Just click the image below to start the slideshow.
The Murphy bed -- a bed that hides away inside a wall when not in use -- is making a comeback in global cities. Invented in the early 1900s, it fell out of favor when everyone decided to start living larger. Now, in a world where cities are realizing they must rezone to make way for microunits, and people are realizing they must downsize, the Murphy bed is new again. Further, new designs make old Murph more versatile than ever, providing extra options for storage, lighting, dining, and more.
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— Nicole Ferraro, Editor in Chief, UBM's Future Cities