Real estate development and use of land – present, detail

Present. Real estate development and use of land.

Little consideration for the natural environment, with hard surfaces and parking lots spreading.

Green spaces feel like threatened interlopers in the built environment, with trees continually being cut back.

We see the built environment consciously filling in on the treeline, even before the road network gets to them.

Electrical power lines haphazardly extend to the new areas, and are seen crowding the overhead in the city.

Some roads are going to the new areas, but still in a haphazard way, and bus stops, or gatherings of people and scrounged commerce, are at those points.

New extensions of wider roads are seen, with people cutting trees in the shanty area to scrape out more shelters.

Rubbish is starting to appear among the trees—the same as the ocean and rivers.

Some renewable energy installations in the distance.

Real estate development and use of land – dystopia, detail

Dystopia. Real estate development and use of land.

What green spaces are left are being encroached on by shanties. Even smaller houses are swallowed by the huge new buildings.

Housing is more horizontal, sprawling, with low-rise buildings eating up the green spaces at the back, high density buildings near the front and centers; city services obviously can’t reach the perimeters, so we have more waste and improvised bus transit.

Maintenance is only evident to the buildings on the shorefront, but other buildings farther back are not clean.

The web of roads spreads and where it touches, greenery is being burned down.

There’s little expansion of renewable energy beyond the present day.

Real estate development and use of land – eutopia, detail

Eutopia. Real estate development and use of land.

Parks and wooded avenues create an airy, shaded, cleaner feeling to the city’s arteries. Soft ground cover helps against the more intense rains, and helps clean the storm waters before they reach the ocean.

Children and adults stroll the parks, with nature walks and harvestable areas throughout. Some areas are given to vertical farming projects. Benches have people on them, schools are on walks through the parklands.

Real estate expansion has been limited, housing is more vertical.

There are solar panels evident on many buildings.

All buildings have plural transport facility connections—there are much fewer parking spaces than in the present, though there are more housing units overall. The road network is for less cars and more trams and buses than at present.