Proposed across continents, these cities show what our world could look like in 50 years
Perhaps nothing is more humanistic than the pursuit of futuristic cities. We write about them in utopian—and dystopian—novels, offer glimpses of what they’d look like in movies and TV shows, and now, it seems, we build them too. Though designing for the future could be understood as the most basic requirement for architects and urban planners, in recent years, this goal has been taken to a new level. It seems every few months, firms unveil plans for wholly reimagined metropolitan areas: from floating cities to those in outer space, the offerings are relentless. In these new cities, sustainable infrastructure and smart technology is often a given, and in some cases, the plans even include things that haven’t even been invented (or brought to market) yet—like flying cars or extremely high-speed autonomous transit. Still, it never hurts to dream big, right? With that in mind, AD rounded up six of the most interesting proposals for futuristic cities, some of which are already under construction. Which one are you moving to?