The new 170-kilometre-long mirrored megacity proposed for the Saudi desert is the current talk of the town. We are talking about a 500-metre-tall skyscraper that can conveniently contain nine million people.
But is that the only futuristic megacity we can expect? Definitely not. Read on to learn about ten exciting futuristic cities the world is waiting to see…
The Orbit, Canada
Canada is another city on the list in line for a futuristic smart city, the Orbit. The farming town will be built using fibre optics, autonomous vehicles, and drones, according to development decisions derived from big data.
According to Partisans, a renowned Toronto architecture firm, it is the modern version of the garden city movement that came up in the UK in the early 20th century. It is expected to be a blend of innovative modern technologies with agrarian concepts, expanding the town from 30,000 to 150,000 residents.
Chengdu Future City, China
There is a master plan in place for a car-free city that will serve as the capital of China’s Sichuan province. The city is expected to tackle the issues associated with the traditional urban planning models that rely on road networks.
The city is expected to span 4.6 square kilometres, with a primary focus on the rolling topography of the land. There are six different zones proposed to complement the existing landscape effortlessly.
The proximity of all the buildings in one zone will be such that you can go from one building to another in just 10 minutes on foot. The smart mobility network will adopt only automated vehicles linking the city to the other parts of Chengdu.
The Line, Saudi Arabia
The newly unveiled linear megacity proposed by the Saudi Arabian government is rather dystopian looking to say the least. The city is 170 kilometres long and 500 metre tall and 200 metre wide, capable of housing up to nine million people. It is expected to have an inbuilt 20-minute rapid transport system connecting either end.
The city is expected to be a much better and more innovative option than the traditional circular urban layout. According to Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince, the city is a “model for nature preservation and enhanced human livability.”
Reminds me of the film Logans Run, I wonder how old they will let people live to in it!
The BIG studio, under the leadership of the Danish architect, Bjarke Ingels, oversees the construction of a city for five million set in a yet-to-be-determined location in the US desert.
The original idea came from billionaire entrepreneur Marc Lore, who tipped the project to be “the most sustainable city in the world” on completion. The original blueprint includes the possibility of allocating ownership through community endowment. Therefore, an increase in value can provide the capital needed for the development of the city while resident welfare remains the top priority.
Has anyone explained to these people that cities generaly evolve as opposed to pop up, even Vagas has some historical cultural context, sure this will have no option but to be completely vaccuous.
Here is another project of the BIG studio. The massive BiodiverCity is expected to sit on 1,821-hectare land, including three artificial islands, all off the shore of the Penang Island of Malaysia.
The islands will have a lily-pad-like appearance, each capable of housing up to 18,000 residents. There will also be an autonomous transport network without cars connecting the islands. The main buildings will be constructed using concrete, timber, and bamboo. All of these will be sourced from recycled materials, with each district getting an ecological buffer to protect biodiversity.
New Administration Capital, Egypt
With Cairo facing congestion, Egypt is planning a new capital city that can easily contain up to seven million people. The project’s master plan is designed by SOM, a reputable architecture firm, and will be funded privately. This 700-square-kilometre proposed capital city is expected to feature one of the world’s most giant urban packs.
Indonesia is another city planning a new capital. The national government recently announced that a new capital city, right on the island of Borneo, is in the works. This will replace Jakarta—the world’s fastest-sinking city—in the next few years. Recall that Jakarta has sunk by 2.5 metres in the last decade.
The city of Amaravati is expected to sit on the banks of the River Krishna and will serve as the new capital for the Andhra Pradesh state. About 60% of this unique city will be dedicated to water or greenery.
Describing the design, Foster + Partners, another company planning new central neighbourhoods in Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh, said it brings together their “decades-long research into sustainable cities, incorporating the latest technologies that are currently being developed in India.”
Smart Forest City, Mexico
A smart forested city is expected to spring up near Cancun. Conceptualised by Stefano Boeri, the famous Italian architect, the city is expected to house 7.5 million carbon-absorbing trees and plants over 557 hectares.
The proposed plant-covered homes will conveniently house 130,000 residents and be the first of the more sustainable cities of the new era.
According to Boeri’s studio, “the Smart Forest City Cancun is a botanical garden within a contemporary city, based on Mayan heritage and in its relationship with the natural and sacred world. An urban ecosystem where nature and city are intertwined and act as one organism.”
Maldives Floating City, Maldives
The Maldives is at the risk of being inhabitable by 2050 as a result of the rising sea levels caused by climate change. Therefore, the national government is working with architecture practice Waterstudio to develop a floating city near the lagoon.
The architects call it the “world’s first true floating island city,” capable of housing up to 20,000 residents. There will be 5,000 low-rise floating homes sitting on hexagonal structures designed to rise as the sea rises.
The BIG studio, alongside Samoo and tech company Oceanix, is also designing a different climate-resilient floating city. Although still at the prototype level, this proposed city is slated for the seas off Busan in South Korea.
Innovation Park, USA
The Innovation Park, USA is a design by Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects and Tom Wiscombe Architecture. Jeffrey Berns is sponsoring it as part of plans to convert a part of the desert in Nevada into a smart city running fully on blockchain technology.
Berns, a Cryptocurrency magnate, is planning to maximise the existing 27,113 hectares of land into a community that runs sustainably on its own without the input of third parties. Therefore, banking, voting, and data storage will run without the government interfering.
The Innovation Park concludes our list of ten futuristic cities that will shape our planet in the coming years. It is all about leveraging technology and innovation to create a better, safer, and more enjoyable environment.
Article by HL Newcastle architects an already futuristic city in the North east UK.