The cities of the future are massive, sprawling, beautiful monsters, covering entire coastlines — and in some cases, entire continents. Whether it's Judge Dredd's Mega-Cities or William Gibson's "Sprawl," future cities always devour land. Here's a map of future megalopolises.
A yellow goo has invaded the world's motorways, spreading from capital cities to the furthest reaches of the transport network and devouring everything in its path. The infestation was unleashed by Andrew Adamatzky, a researcher of unconventional computing at the University of the West of England in Bristol, along…
New York City's Second Avenue Subway isn't scheduled to open until 2016, but the Metropolitan Transit Authority has just released photos of the construction in progress. That's a picture of a massive hole — inside which you could host an entire demolition derby — somewhere under 72nd Street. Mind-blowing. Hat tip to…
Otherwise, we could pretend we were living in a Judge Dredd storyline. This 1969 design by Alan Boutwell and Mike Mitchell — the aptly titled Continuous city for 1.000.000 human beings — never took off, but this design and other fanciful megastructures offer a glimpse into an arcology-filled future the past never…
If the Manhattan grid system was extended beyond the island, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom would live at the intersection of 63,709th Street and East 10,894th Avenue. A wild interactive map by Harold Cooper, called ExtendNY, imagines an entire globe laid out according to the New York City grid of the…
At Incheon Airport, the Korean Custom Service has turned to seven cloned pooches to sniff out drug mules. These golden Labrador Retrievers are all the genetic duplicates of Chase, a retired drug-sniffing dog whose nose was among the most discerning Incheon had ever seen.
What do you do with an oil platform after it has outlived its usefulness? You've got this giant structure, set up for people to live and work on it, and it's solidly sunk into the ocean floor.
This is a glimpse of the future of Toronto. It's the winning entry in a contest to design a pavillion for the 2015 Pan-American Games Award Pavilion in Toronto.
Researchers at Tokyo's University of Electro-Communications are working on sidewalk innovations that will transform public thoroughfares into shimmering corridors of light.
Urban population growth is skyrocketing. The majority of people on Earth live in cities, and most of the water they drink has to be shipped in. Scientists say that by 2050, many cities will have seasonal water shortages.
Here's another speculative transit project right up there with that underground bullet train between New York and Philly. In 1948, Modern Mechanics showcased this supersonic cross-continental rocket train. You could go from NYC to LA in three hours!
Subway advertising is a risky proposition for the advertiser because you'll never know if someone will remix your ad into, say, Darth Vader chugging a beer. In Berlin's Friedrichstraße U-Bahn station, advertisers have eschewed print completely and have taken to projecting commercials on the subway's walls. The city's…
Who doesn't want to live at the tide line in a completely transparent bubble full of comfy chairs and a nice fluffy bed? This is post-human nomad existence at its most groovy. It may not be made of smart matter yet, but the Bubble House will make you feel like you're living in an atmosphere dome today!
In the euphonious data visualization "Conductor," Alexander Chen transforms the New York City subway system into a massive stringed instrument.
Cemetery space is in short supply in dense metropolitan areas, so designers Yalin Fu & Ihsuan Lin have created plans for the Moshka Tower in Mumbai, India. This interdenominational, greenery-swaddled vertical cemetery encompasses four of Mumbai's major faiths.
Back in 1909, a fanciful New York Times journalist decided to spice things up by pretending to describe a futuristic 2009 "centennial celebration." His portrait of future NYC is surprisingly eco-conscious and pedestrian-friendly.