German architect Werner Sobek wants to make emissions-free electric cities in five years. After winning the prestigious Fritz-Leonhard Prize, Sobek spoke on his vision for the future of cities. Collaborating with the housing and auto industry, Sobek believes that making an emissions-free city is possible.

“Both of these industries are coming up with pioneering developments that can contribute to freedom from emissions. Whereby two or more houses – and even whole districts and cities – automatically communicate about the energy they are each generating, storing and using, and then cooperate with one another to bring about the optimal coordination of these figures.”

Sobek is credited with designing the B10 House in July 2014. The B10 is the first active house that meets the principle of “Triple Zero”: requiring zero energy, producing zero CO2 emissions, and levels zero waste when dismantled.

The B10
The B10

 We’ll have to see in five years if Sobek’s vision of the future of cities will have manifested beyond the B10 house.

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