Futuristic cities like in the movies: 6 megacities that will amaze you with their views. Photo

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Green and technological cities are already being designed and built

Often we associate our idea of the future with the image of cities. Skyscrapers of bizarre shapes, unusual forms of landscaping, technological ways of fitting buildings into the existing landscape, etc. In the meantime, all this is already being designed, and sometimes even built.

Architectural Digest talked about six such futuristic cities. And showed how they look, or should look.

Smart Forest City, Mexico


Italian architect Stefano Boeri conceived the idea of building a city near Mexico's Cancun whose name translates as "smart forest. He unveiled the plans and renderings in 2019. According to his plan, the urban space will be decorated with 7.5 million plants. And as a basis, he took the principles of human interaction with nature, which guided the Mayan people who lived here long ago. The plan is to put greenery everywhere - not only in parks and gardens, but also on rooftops and facades.

Telosa, USA


Billionaire Mark Lohr envisioned building a city in the United States that would set a new global standard of urban life, expand human potential and become a model for future generations. The site where Telosa will be built has not yet been chosen. But it is already known that here the unconditional priority will have pedestrians and cyclists, as well as green areas. Transport in the city is not planned high-speed, and the water will be collected, purified and reused right on the spot. In addition to environmental initiatives, the city will be built around the idea of equity - all residents will own a share of urban land. It is expected that by 2050 the city will not only be erected, but its population will reach 5 million people.

Line, Saudi Arabia


Saudi Arabia intends to invest between 100 and 200 billion dollars in the construction of the settlement, which will look like a straight line of 160 kilometers. The city will have a mirrored façade that will blend perfectly into the landscape. The districts are planned to be connected by high-speed autonomous transport, so that the residents do not need cars. This will reduce exhaust emissions to almost zero. Construction of the Line has already begun, and it is planned to be completed by 2030.

Oceanix-Pusan, South Korea


Although there are many floating city projects to date, Oceanix-Pusan may be the first to be fully realized. Oceanix, with the help of contractors, has already designed a standing water district of the existing metropolis of Busan and presented it at the UN in April 2022. The plan is to build a floating city out of bio-stone, a material capable of self-repair and self-sustaining. The key idea behind the project is to fight for survival in the face of rising ocean levels due to climate change.

Chengdu-Skai-Weli, China


"Chengdu Sky Valley" was developed for the Future Science and Technology City competition. The metropolis is designed to preserve and develop the traditional Lingpan settlements, which are rural communities in a valley near Chengdu, the administrative center of Sichuan Province of China. The inhabitants of the Lingpan settlements are engaged in small-scale farming, and the local architecture does not contradict the local nature. The designed new buildings, clustered on the hills, are also intended to emphasize the natural profile of the valley. By preserving the area's agricultural landscape, residents are offered greater lifestyle choices, including opportunities to build independently and develop a self-sufficient lifestyle in harmony with nature. At present, however, the project is not moving toward implementation.

Amaravati, India


The futuristic city project was inspired in particular by New York's Central Park. The city is proposed to be developed around a large green space in the center, where the administrative buildings are located. At least 60% of the area should be occupied by plants and water bodies. Sustainability should be ensured by all advanced technologies, such as electric cars, water cabs, special bicycle routes and photovoltaics. However, the Amaravati master plan has not yet been implemented in any way.

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