Against the backdrop of the fact that any world-class city has distinct amenities and infrastructures; this piece examines some of the peculiar features of a world-class city. More fundamentally, a typical city can only be regarded as world class when it is dominated by state-of-the-art social and economic amenities that make lives conducive for the people.
Types of Needed Infrastructure in a World Class City
A typical world-class city is distinguished in all ramifications. To this end, some of the infrastructure construction needed in a world-class city include but not limited to the following:
- Highways and Roads
There is no doubting the fact that the construction of modern roads is one of the most significant features of a world-class city. In this regard, all road users find it easy to move from one place to another without any hitch. More often than not, infrastructure in a world-class city is hardly in disrepair as prompt action is quickly taken towards reconstruction. It should also be noted that expansion road projects are also very common in the world-class city due to the ever increasing population of the people with the aim of preventing congestion.
It is important to note that the construction and availability of state-of-the-art bridges is another feature of a world-class city. No city has ever attained the posture of a world city without the availability of modern bridges that connect cities to one another. To this end, a would-be world-class city should have a good bridge network with the aim of attaining socio-economic development.
- Water Supply and Resources
Water is a basic and inevitable necessity of life. It is needed by all sorts of things, without it, no one could survive. Therefore, this is a project upon embarked upon and made available in surplus in the major world city of the world. Water supply infrastructure usually includes but are not restricted to the installation of things such as water tank, dam, aqueduct and pumping structure. It is important to note that many of those working on this type of infrastructure underscore its relevance and usually deliver without skirmishes.
- Waste Management
The establishment of an effective and efficient waste management system is another important infrastructure in a world-class city. This includes the provision of water waste management so as not to affect the clean water of the rivers, streams, lakes, and oceans. In most world-class cities, the wastes are usually recycled with the aim of generating more income for the government as well as maintaining outright environmental cleanliness.
- Stable Power Generation and Distribution System
It is a statement of fact that every world-class city depends on electricity with the aim of engendering social and economic survival. To this end, regular power generation and transmission of power infrastructure is a child of necessity in any given world-class city. More factually, those who work in this field are responsible for building power generation plants as well as ensuring that they are well maintained so that the power can be stored and transmitted accordingly. Until recently, cities are adopting more sustainable methods of power generation; such as using solar and/or wind energy.
How World Class Cities Are Becoming Self-Sufficient and Sustainable
Living in a big city and have dreams of a city becoming self-sufficient. The chances of this happening are very slim but if everyone took on the ways to become self-sufficient then it would start turning the city to be more self-sufficient.
We have to aim small first and then grow bigger and bigger with better ways that the city can take on to start being self-sufficient. Little things start by diverting your grey washing machine water out to your lawns or plants, so you don’t need to use extra water, watering them. Some also go to the extent of storing rainwater into poly tanks for household use in order to conserve water. There are many items you can purchase that can help you to become self-sufficient.
Sustainability is a dream that all cities have and with the right attitude, consideration and the determination it can happen, and everyone can do their part just by starting to consider where each dollar you spend is going. If you wish to live off the grid and aim at a true self-sufficient environment, then take all this information into thought. There is the possibility that we may be forced to live off the grid for days even weeks can we all survive? Would we know how to? Knowing how to survive for a few days and months is important first before we can completely come off the grid.
Lost power the lights go off
People are vulnerable when they have lost their power. Chaos is seen in large cities that go without power even for a few hours. Buildings such as the Melbourne city conference centre or the aquarium relies heavily on power to function. With tech growing and everything in the world growing we may see a power drop out but with careful planning you can be equipped with solar powered items like lights and cookers to ensure you still have light and food when you need it.
Self-sufficient tower with algae?
It used to be impossible to even think about a towering building that is completely self-sufficient and gets fuelled with algae. The realities are different now. Different technologies are brought together to start, innovate and even produce a building that can sustain itself by using algae as the linchpin. There are four main functions: air purification, water harvest and recycling, energy production and vegetable production. While this technology has only recently been implemented in Hamburg, Germany, it is only with time that buildings in Melbourne such as these corporate event venues would start to utilise the same technology.
Raising animals and growing vegetables
There has been a design made of an urban farm inside a residential home. It consists of a farming terrace that has vegetated areas that is for fruit and veggies. An advantage of this is an increase of thermal comfort in the building in the winter and summer. There is even designs for an aquaponic farm on rooftops of buildings that is wasted space where fish and vegetable can be produced.
The city needs to be self-sufficient with urban farms and waste that is recycled into fertilising plantations. Floating gardens full of fruit and veggies and even a neighbourhood cannery. In the near few decades we are unlikely to see this happening but who knows sixty years from now there could be a complete 100% fully self-sufficient city.