Urban Living

2011 ,    »  -   2 Comments
Ratings: 7.12/10 from 57 users.

In a landscape threatened by global warming and massive energy deficiencies, we look to the world of technology to provide us with inventive solutions for a better tomorrow. The answer could come in the form of renewable energies like wind and solar, which have become a more reasonably priced alternative than any time in history. In the opening moments of Urban Living, we are transported to Singapore, where officials have implemented a slew of promising solar energy projects to public housing developments throughout the city. Following their lead, cities around the globe may soon undergo a profound transformation by harboring the Earth's clean resources to power their everyday needs.

But renewable energy is not the only example of how emerging technologies are working to redefine daily life in our cities. In Tokyo, nature and industrialization are converging like never before as researchers are introducing new and inventive farming strategies which can be implemented into an urban environment. Sodium-powered vapor lamps are used to promote the indoor growth of edible vegetation. Utilizing the latest agricultural technologies, even rooftop settings across the city have been converted to cultivate natural food production.

Efficiency and sustainability are the key points of consideration for developers of home technologies as well. In Korea, technologists have developed innovative touchscreen tablets which can provide readings of power and water usage throughout the home, inventory your closets, and instruct you on how to prepare your next meal.

Personal mobility devices are currently in development which will allow older or disabled citizens an opportunity to travel short distances with little effort. Increasingly sophisticated humanoid robots can provide similar benefits by performing a variety of tasks which are too strenuous for our aging population. In addition to performing these and other domesticated functions, robots are also being designed to plumb the depths and mysteries of places humans can't reach, such as the deepest regions of the sea.

Urban Living travels to development labs across Asia to give us an insightful glimpse of the future technologies which could soon become essential components of our everyday reality.

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2 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Elliott

    This a good documentary but I was wondering who made it

  2. Sean

    I agree that homes with "formal" living and dining rooms that go unused are a waste - not just of space but of the fossil fuel resources consumed to continuously heat and cool them. Both my parents, who have never worked hard (just showed up most days) still "enjoy" such spaces. Somehow my grandparents soldiered through there entire lives without a need for such empty space.

    I'll likely never have a home with an efficient heating system that doesn't leave me sick. It's not because I chose an urban lifestyle, or have a special love for sheds/tiny houses, it's because I belong to a generation that was robbed by the greatest generations' children.

    Contractor gig anyone? No benefits, but a great opportunity ;).

    Acceptance and promotion of our undeserved robbery might count as optimism for some, but it only makes me sad as it is the last message we'd send if we had hopes of attaining a decent standard.

    I had to stop watching when I came upon a scene which touted clutter reduction while offering up the visual of an empty glass bottle and dead tree branches framed around a massive sun-stained, plastic PTAC.

    I'm stuck living with a(n off-white, sun-stained) PTAC too. Because I breathe, it makes me dry and sick while the noise it generates and allows to leak in give me headaches and interfere with my rest. Call me a pessimist if you must, but I can't put a positive spin on living with wasteful and inadequate HVAC, lack of space for work tools, and nonexistent non-public outdoor space (where one could drink wine, make love, or swim naked). Just to be clear: I don't want an extra living room or any of the "friends" or status it might bring.

    Sometimes I learn helpful tricks for living in sub-optimal spaces from these types of documentaries. This is not that type of documentary. It's dedicated to placating instead of mobilizing a robbed US generation/s, leaving me sad and angry enough to spew all this...

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