A dream city sits atop a seahorse's head

Chinese sculptor Hu Shaoming's urban landscapes look like something out of a fairy tale—golden cities that hang upside down or steel towers that ride on a seahorse's head. » 7/14/13 3:00pm 7/14/13 3:00pm

An autistic savant spent 20 years designing an entire city on paper

The French city of Urville exists in two places: in the mind of Gilles Trehin and in the elaborate drawings Trehin created. But what's incredible isn't just the detailed designs he created for the city's architecture and layout, but the entirely plausible history for his fictional city. » 2/19/12 11:00am 2/19/12 11:00am

Egypt's Trash City Only Looks Like the Garbage Apocalypse

Somewhere buried under all those bags of trash is the Egyptian city of Zabbaleen, where garbage reigns supreme. It looks like an object lesson, warning us of some impending garbage apocalypse, but there's something entirely different at work. » 12/09/09 3:00pm 12/09/09 3:00pm

Bioshock Paintings Take Glourious Neon and Art Deco Underwater

Tim Warnock has provided concept artwork and designs for Watchmen and Harry Potter. Just for fun, he's created a series of stunning matte paintings that capture Bioshock's underwater city of Rapture in its glory days, all shimmering art deco. » 11/24/09 4:00pm 11/24/09 4:00pm

Simpsons-Style Megadome Could Save Houston

Taking a cue from The Simpsons Movie, a team of engineers wants to enclose Houston inside a giant polymer dome. But the plan isn't to keep pollution in, it's to prevent heat and storms from destroying the city. [via NextNature] » 10/19/09 3:06pm 10/19/09 3:06pm

The Desert City Inspired by Dune

Andrew Kudless proposed city is inspired by the Fremen sietches of Frank Herbert's Dune, and he believes that the principles for conserving and storing water on Arrakis can be applied to the American desert. » 9/15/09 6:30am 9/15/09 6:30am

The Cities You Can Never Leave

Science fiction imagines strange and wondrous cities in our future, but many are less paradise than prison. We take an ill-advised vacation inside the cities that will never let you leave. » 9/14/09 3:30pm 9/14/09 3:30pm

An Underwater City Gone Wrong

This concept artwork from 2K Games' BioShock shows one of the most starkly dystopian video game worlds created in the past several years. Here you can see one of the observation areas in a city that has seen better days. » 1/02/08 3:20pm 1/02/08 3:20pm