Turn to The Future: A 360-Degree Rotating Apartment Building


Urbanization has become a big trend in the world. Many cities are bursting out or are about to. Instead of access to good education or medical care, the biggest class conflict for coming generations will be who has the best view.

Turn+To+THe+Future-1Turn+To+THe+Future-2Buildings will become higher and more people who live in the lower floors of buildings will get their view blocked.

In the future, people with very high incomes will own the top floors and people with middle to lower income will only have an imperfect view from their living spaces.

A durable solution for this problem could be the ‘Turn to The Future’.

What is it?

27ef868543abf9c4e16439c1aeb8f0bdTurn to The Future is a spiral rotating building concept of the future developed by industrial designer Shin Kuo at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University that should provide citizens sustainability. Besides, it literally gives new perspective to the urban architecture in the future and gives a chance to connect with the environment.

How does it work? The Turn to The Future includes a system that allows each unit to rotate on a spiral track at predetermined times. Due to this, all the apartments in the building are equivalent.




Because of the design, each resident can share a 360-degree view of the city from their building. This makes them enjoy the high quality of their living spaces.

Kuo plans to realize this building by applying 3D printing to build the units, featuring a combination of aluminum, steel, smart glass and solar panels. But he also utilizes lighter materials into the framework such as carbon fiber, bendable concrete and artificial bone.

Why is it cool?

For now, the concept of Kuo is no more than an idea. But wouldn’t it be amazing to see and use a rotating tower like this?

I think this idea would be fantastic, because the Turn to The Future gives people a chance to enjoy the high quality of living spaces and share the equal view of their city and landscape.

Furthermore, this concept will change the way that citizens interact with their environment. Turn to The Future will foster new awareness of the ground, sky, light, gravity and shadow and offers a new lifestyle. It’s an innovative project that will change the definition of the history of building.

Also, the idea of the Turn to The Future contains a fair system and responds to the need for more equality and sharing, rather than more or better. Particularly the individualization has promoted this.

Finally, people like to get astonished. That’s why this signal suits well to the Experience Economy.

In the future, signals like the Turn to The Future make the desire to live together in a new and better way come true.








PopUp Forest at Times Square: A solution for a livable and durable city of the future?


Cities are growing rapidly. An estimated 75 percent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. ‘How do I keep the city livable and durable for others and myself? ‘as well as: ‘ How can we create happier citizens?’ are questions we get more to do with, especially in the future.

How can we improve our quality of life and the environment when cities are so crowded? A solution for this problem could be the ‘PopUp Forest: Time Square’. 

What is it?

1/8 of New York City is forests, marshes and meadows. NYC has more nature than any other city in North America. Unfortunately, many New Yorkers have no idea that these kinds of places/nature exist.

To give people the experience of the nature that lives close by (to get to know their floral and faunal neighbors) and to redefine cities with nature in mind, the PopUP Forest: Times Square helps to achieve this.

The PopUp Forest: Times Square is a temporarily large-scale installation of real nature in the heart of New York City. This is a lively green space, which will support wildlife and delight urbanites. In about a couple of weeks it will disappear.

Urban ecologist Marielle Anzelone started the PopUp Forest campaign on Kickstarter. Anzelone’s purpose and wishes are to build a resilient and livable city together with citizens. With the PopUp Forest, Anzelone shows us how important it is to protect the remaining natural areas in the city.

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Anzelone’s plan is to ship containers loaded with soil, trees and flowers along, with sounds of birds and wildlife to one of the world’s most crowded places. Anzelone wants to create an immersive natural experience in what the campaign page calls ‘the most unnatural place on the planet’.

After three weeks, the PopUp Forest would be removed and the greenery used in small parks and schoolyards around the city.

The Kickstarter campaign was launched on March 16th and the hope is that funds will help to enable to start a design for the Times Square installation in 2016 and create a prototype in Gowanus, Brooklyn for summer 2015.  

Small funders will see their name on the website, while higher donations come with access to other cool things.

You can find and follow the project on Kickstarter: www.kickstarter.com/projects/popupforest/build-a-popup-forest-in-times-square-nyc

Below Marielle Anzelone tells about the idea of the PopUp Forest: Times Square. 

Why is it cool?

Forests can now just pop up somewhere. I think this is why it makes it such a great and inspirational idea. If a forest can make it in Times Square, it can make it anywhere. Besides, this forest connects people to nearby nature. Design, education, and government are interwoven to promote this relationship.

I’m quite sure, this PopUp Forest will inspire people to come with other durable initiatives and ensures a better future for crowded cities. 

The PopUp Forest ensures that the nature will be into people’s everyday lives.

Let’s work together and fight against climate, environmental and globalization/urbanization problems, to work on a livable and durable city for the future. Our quality of life will increase by this on different aspects, like for example on the emotional wellbeing. In a sustainable city of the future we may be the happiest.

Places will get greener and hopefully there will be a balance between crowded places and nature.