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Welcome to The Day After Tomorrow

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Martin Kath - adelphi

Have you always asked yourself how young adults imagine their city in the future? Then come with us to the day after tomorrow. We’ll give you a tour through the city and some first impressions.

 

Good morning in The Day After Tomorrow. I hope you had a pleasant journey. My. Name is Naika Bastaw and I am delighted to be your tour guide for the day. For several years now I have worked at Urban Sensory Studio, a planning office that was heavily involved in the development and implementation of The Day After Tomorrow. The city is in many respects an experiment, a lived utopia so to speak. Its architectural, sensory, and social profile has little in common with the images and ideas that people at the beginning of the 21st century had of the city of the future. You will soon find out exactly what I mean.

 

Before I forget: next week, on April 30, 2050, the city will celebrate its first anniversary. You are of course all cordially invited to join us. We are proud that The Day After Tomorrow already feels natural and alive today – not as if it were designed on a drawing broad. One reason for that is the unusual approach that we chose. From the very beginning, we worked with residents to visualize how their city should sound, smell, and feel. For us, functionality and efficiency were not paramount. No, we wanted a city that served all of the human senses.

 

Let’s start the tour

But that’s enough history. Let’s start our tour. We are standing on the central square, Protinus, near the business district of Diversitas. Does anything stand out to you? “Yes, the whole neighborhood is covered with natural soil,” one participant remarks hesitantly. That’s right. “And some even walk barefoot to work,” an older gentleman adds, somewhat irritated. That is correct. It was important to the inhabitants to establish a new relationship between man and nature. They wanted a soft, natural surface, not typical hard asphalt. So we opted for a variety of grass, cork, and forest soils – depending on use.