Activity 1. Use the information about the cities mentioned in this unit (London, Tokyo, New York City, and Superstar City) and complete the diagram about the ideal city of the future.
The ideal city of the future
1. Main means of transport:
2. Sources of energy:
3. Treatment of waste:
eco-buses/ smart underground transport networks
wind and sun power
- turned into energy or fertilisers.
- turned into drinking water
Activity 2. Discuss the questions in groups.
1. What will the ideal city of the future look like? You can talk about its means of transport, environmental conditions, energy sources, treatment of waste, climate, weather conditions, inhabitants’ working conditions, medical facilities, etc.

How do you think an ideal city should be created: by upgrading an existing one or by building a completely new one from scratch?

Son Tay will be a city of culture, history, resorts and tourism;
Xuan Mai will specialise in services and support
industries and handicrafts;
Soc Son will specialise in services for Noi Bai International Airport
Activity 1. Read the text about Songdo, a smart city, and complete the table below
Songdo International Business District in South Korea was started from scratch in 2005 and is still being built for the future. Its construction is based on the world’s best technologies and eco-friendly practices.
Located about 60 km southwest of Seoul, this 53.3-square-kilometre eco city has been planned around a central park and designed so that every resident can walk to work in the business district. People can enjoy walking in the city park or riding bicycles in the city.
The waste disposal system here is also innovative. There are no rubbish trucks or waste disposal bins in the streets. Instead, all household and office waste is sent directly through an underground network of tunnels to waste processing centres. The waste is then automatically sorted, deodorised and treated. The aim is to eventually convert it into renewable energy for the community.
Sensors are widely used to monitor temperature, energy use and traffic flow. These sensors can warn the local authority about any problems and allow inhabitants to control the heating systems or household devices.
High-speed Wi-Fi is provided everywhere. Government offices and schools are connected to the network. This allows office workers to use teleconferencing for meetings and students to attend classes at home.
Attracting inhabitants, however, has been slow. Five years after its launch, only about 20% of the commercial space was occupied. But the developers are very optimistic about this city of the future. By 2020, they predict that more than 65,000 people will live and work in Songdo. They believe that it is on the right track to become one of the smartest and greenest cities in the world.
Activity 1. Read the text about Songdo, a smart city, and complete the table below
60 km southwest of Seoul, South Korea
53.3 square kilometres
more than 65,000 people
Activity 2. Decide whether the following statements about Songdo are true (T), false (F), or not given (NG). Tick the correct box.

Activity 3. Discuss with a partner.
Would you live in Songdo if you had a chance?
Why or why not?
Learn vocabulary by heart.
Redo exercises.
Prepare the next lesson: Looking back - Project
nguon VI OLET