In a few years, green living may look like something out of a sci-fi movie. There could be floating sustainable islands made from garbage, farms growing in and on buildings in addition to wind turbines powering cities. All hard to picture in 2011.
But BMW Group is giving us a glimpse at what may come through The Future of Urban Sustainability, a four-month project currently running on TheAtlantic.com and in the magazine that sets out to examine green urban movements. In the coming weeks, we will be posting the most unique, innovative, and informative stories and videos that cover technology, followed by policy and city living.
Check out From Plastic to Plants, which explores new technologies that may help resolve the inefficiency of used goods. Coke, for instance, has created the first ever recyclable plastic bottle made partially from plants, while another group is saying we could "create a sustainable island made from all of that floating trash, complete with farms and beaches."
Another idea I love is "farmscrapers," which are tall, purpose-built vertical farms that could be located in cities. Click here to learn more about these amazing proto-types seen below.
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Jay Lauf is a 23-year veteran of the publishing industry with stints on both the editorial and business sides at newspapers, trade and consumer magazines, and websites. Prior to joining The Atlantic in 2008 as VP/Publisher, he was the publisher of Wired magazine.