City as an Organism

 An organism is anything that has life i.e. Living . Every city has some characteristics that can be compared to that of a living organism some places of a city act as organs of an organism some bodies (legislature, judiciary, etc.) Function like organs of an organism. 

The system of life is growing in size and in complexity, and so do the infrastructures sustaining it. In 2008 the point was reached where more than 50% of the world population lives in cities. That percentage is growing. By 2030, over 60% of the world’s population – nearly five billion people – will be living in urban area. Initially the two life-essential resources for cities were water and food. As cities grew and as technology evolved, the supply of these resources became dependent on energy for processing, for pumps and for transportation. In the process, cities and their resources evolved into a system of life energized by the individuals that populate cities, and fuel its dynamics. 

A city protects a cluster of houses. A house protects a cluster of humans and a human protects a cluster of organs. All the way down to the bacteria, cooperative clusters are formed that give the participants a more secure way to live. A house is a body. It supports the body but it also contains all the bodily functions. If we provide the house with these bodily functions the house becomes more sustainable. It is possible to regenerate the waste that the humans produce into energy just as the liver is doing in our body.

Body parts

City parts


City centre (CBD)

Blood vessels




Spinal chord





Media  Includes newspapers, news channels



Nose, lungs

Green spaces  parks, gardens


Drainage system


Services and facilities

For example, Secunderabad is a city located in the state of Telangana to the north of Hyderabad. This city is compared to as a living organism Heart:-- Secunderabad - always busy, connected to all parts of the city. Blood vessels: Roads- means to connect the heart to every other part of the city. Skin:- Jawaharlal Nehru Outer ring road- all around the city; outer covering. Alimentary canal:- P V Narsimharao Expressway- longest expressway of India. Nervous System: Administration Brain: Legislature- law making. Spinal chord :- Secretariat- body which makes sure that laws are implemented. Nerves:- People- who elect representatives to enable reach of their problems to the legislature. Eyes. Birla Mandir One of the most prominent highest points of Hyderabad. View of the entire city from the top of the temple. 

Mouth:- Media includes newspapers, news channels and their team- journalists; reporters; cameramen; creative team Local channels that promote tourism of the city and highlight culture of Hyderabad; radio channels. Ears:- Judiciary; mainly lawyers Listen to problems of the people Receptors: High court for the state of Andhra Pradesh and the state of Telangana. Respiratory system:- Nose, lungs, Green spaces parks, gardens. Lakes: Hussain Sagar Tank bund, Necklace road. Two cricket stadiums and many football grounds. Skeleton:- Metro rail Connects parts of the city. Bones join during the course of time- Metro was built in parts and joined later to form a continuous phase. Legs:- Modes of transportation predominant: APSRTC (now TSRTC) buses. Hands:- Services and facilities. Electricity and water supply educational institutions hospitals functions of GHMC. Shoulders;- Hi tech city carry weights of the economy of the city. Hyderabad as an IT hub - IT sector- major contributor to the economy of Hyderabad. Kidneys ;-- Drainage system, collection of drainage, disposal or purification of the drains. Hair:- Tourismtourist attractions, add beauty to the city, Major attractions: Charminar, Golconda fort and Ramoji film City, Snow world, Hussain Sagar- Buddha statue and adjoining parks, Nehru zoo, etc.

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