Cities of the Future: 10 most ambitious projects

The Line, Saudi Arabia The Line project was designed as an alternative to traditional cities that usually diverge from the centre. This 170-kilometre megastructure in northwestern Saudi Arabia will have a height of 500 metres and a width of only 200 metres. If the project is implemented, the building will be the 12th tallest building in the world, as well as the longest. The city will be a straight “line” of two wall-like skyscrapers connected by bridges and open space between them. The buildings want to accommodate residential, shopping and entertainment areas, schools and offices, and to set up parks outdoors.

Telosa, United States The Danish BIG team led by Bjarke Ingels presented images of the new master plan of the city with an area of 60,700 hectares, which will be built from scratch in the desert in the western United States. The project called Telosa aims to “create a new city in America that will set a global standard of urban life, expand human potential and become a model for future generations”. The aim of the project is to create the most environmentally friendly city in the world.

BiodiverCity, Malaysia BiodiverCity is another large-scale project of the BIG team, which deals with the general planning of buildings with an area of 1,821 hectares. Three artificial islands connected by an autonomous transport network without cars will be built off the coast of Penang Island in Malaysia for the state government. Water lily-shaped islands will consist of mixed areas, 4.6 km of public beaches, 242 hectares of parks, and a 25-kilometer promenade.

Amaravati, India The city of Amaravati, located on the banks of the Krishna River, will become the new capital of Andhra Pradesh in India. Foster + Partners carry out general planning. The city will be built around a government building with a noticeable sharp spire from afar, and more than 60 percent of its central neighborhood will be occupied by greenery or water.

Smart Forest City, Mexico A smart forest city near Cancun, Mexico, which is planned by Italian architect Stefano Boeri, is designed to become a ” pioneer” in the field of more environmentally efficient development. They want to build the city on a plot of 557 hectares and plant 7.5 million plants in it, including numerous species of trees and shrubs chosen by botanist and landscape architect Laura Gatti.

The Capital Cairo, Egypt Egypt is building an entirely new city to offload fast-growing Cairo. The Capital Cairo project envisions a new administrative and financial capital that will expand Cairo eastward to the Red Sea coast, creating a new urban area for seven million inhabitants. The master plan was developed by the architectural firm SOM.

The Orbit, Canada The Orbit, by architecture studio Partisans, aims to transform the Canadian farming town of Innisfil, 60km north of Toronto. The plans include the widespread use of fiber optics, drones, and autonomous vehicles, and development decisions will be made based on Big Data.

Innovation Park, USA Cryptocurrency tycoon Jeffrey Burns plans to turn part of the Nevada desert into a smart city powered by blockchain technology. The project, developed with the participation of architectural studios Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects and Tom Wiscombe Architecture, will create a community on a 27,113-hectare site where people can banking, vote and store data without the involvement of government or third parties.

Maldives Floating City, Maldives The Government of the Maldives, in partnership with architecture studio Waterstudio, has designed a floating city that will house 20,000 people in a 200-hectare lagoon near the capital. The project appeared in response to rising sea levels due to climate change: it is believed that because of this, by 2050, most of the Maldives will become uninhabitable.

Chengdu Future City, China Dutch architecture firm OMA has designed the master plan for the capital of China’s Sichuan province. Chengdu Future City, covering an area of 4.6 square meters. km, will be divided into six separate clusters, modeled after traditional village settlements and designed to blend in with the surrounding landscape.

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