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Corporate, 2018-03-28, 09:00 AM

Equality against disasters

Here at thyssenkrupp, we are able to offer new products and services that will have a noticeable impact on the environmental footprint of future large cities.

40 million people live with forces of nature in Pongjong, South Korea. They are on a constant lookout for protection from increasingly frequent natural disasters; they are counting on the central coordination of all activities by their government. A home isn’t for personal lifestyle but a practical necessity for survival.

The person in charge of this is Elin Park, who, as Minister of Housing and Infrastructure, administers a government budget worth billions for the reconstruction and expansion of megacities such as Pongjong.

The image below shows the walls of the underground office shows where the money has been spent in recent decades. Residential and Office buildings are laid out in uniform rows.

Equality means prosperity

At the moment Elin Park and her experts are discussing the next major projects in and around Pongjong. In the south of the city, for example, it is planned to sacrifice a 70-year-old district to progress and to demolish it, with the surgical precision that has now become commonplace in this part of the world: in this process, robots dismantle the old buildings and recycle most of the materials immediately at the scene. There will be around 4,000 apartments to be built below ground to protect locals from these natural disasters.

Protection from Natural Disasters

Standardised underground apartments offer when the weather threatens the city with heavy storms, a result of severe climate change. The latest building complexes can be cut off from the outside threats, with sensors detecting an approaching storm, the doors and windows are automatically locked and secured with shutters.

Some Engineers even thought about building neighbourhoods on hydraulic jacks, this way the neighbourhood could be lowered into the ground whenever necessary.

This is combating the symptoms, not the causes, but the primary need is to ensure that all cities’ inhabitants survive the next natural disaster. Bionic buildings are still fiction; however, these can be a reality in the coming years.

“Megacity Upgrading” was the third topic in the Foresight series, with groups making preparations for possible developments in 20 years’ time. Today’s megacities with their 10-million-plus inhabitants, future cities could have larger populations to contend with.

Info taken from: https://engineered.thyssenkrupp.com/en/equality-against-disasters/

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