This slime mold conquered (a miniature map of) America

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… » 3/16/12 7:20am 3/16/12 7:20am

New York City's new subway line looks like the set of Alien

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… » 2/27/12 4:10pm 2/27/12 4:10pm

What if the US highway system consisted entirely of subways instead?

Such is the scenario Australian designer Cameron Booth has dreamt up in two separate maps depicting both the U.S. Routes system and the U.S. Interstates as massive crisscrossing subway grids. » 12/20/11 11:10am 12/20/11 11:10am

Too bad this one-million-person city from New York to San Francisco was…

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… » 12/13/11 2:05pm 12/13/11 2:05pm

New map imposes New York City grid system on the world

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… » 12/03/11 9:15am 12/03/11 9:15am

South Korean airport fights drug smugglers with cloned dogs

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. » 10/04/11 11:15am 10/04/11 11:15am

Your next ocean vacation could be on an abandoned oil platform

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. » 5/17/11 8:00am 5/17/11 8:00am

In 2015, the Toronto waterfront will be covered by hundreds of giant…

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. » 5/11/11 5:15pm 5/11/11 5:15pm

Japanese researchers building sidewalks that look like discotheques

Researchers at Tokyo's University of Electro-Communications are working on sidewalk innovations that will transform public thoroughfares into shimmering corridors of light. » 5/10/11 2:05pm 5/10/11 2:05pm

Cities that hover in the clouds of gas giants

Ever since I read Iain M. Banks' The Algebraist, about creatures who live on gas giant planets, I have dreamt of gas giant cities. Luckily, the amazing site issued a challenge a couple of years ago to design one. » 5/05/11 6:47pm 5/05/11 6:47pm

How to stop the water wars of 2050

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. » 3/31/11 1:51pm 3/31/11 1:51pm

The never-was 1000 MPH transcontinental railroad from New York to Los…

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! » 3/19/11 9:30am 3/19/11 9:30am

Frustrated Berliners build oversized kaleidoscopes to block subway ads

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… » 3/08/11 7:40am 3/08/11 7:40am

She watched the sun rise from a smart bubble at the edge of the sea

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! » 2/25/11 8:00am 2/25/11 8:00am

Electric unicycle makes it look like you're levitating down the street

This is the Solowheel, a briefcase-sized unicycle that allows you to zip around like The Gentlemen from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Hush." Here's a product description from manufacturer Inventist: » 2/23/11 2:02pm 2/23/11 2:02pm

This is the music you can create with a subway system

In the euphonious data visualization "Conductor," Alexander Chen transforms the New York City subway system into a massive stringed instrument. » 2/01/11 8:00am 2/01/11 8:00am

The skyscraper necropolis of Mumbai

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. » 9/28/10 10:35am 9/28/10 10:35am

100 years ago, the New York Times predicted cars would be abolished…

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. » 9/09/10 4:00pm 9/09/10 4:00pm

Could self-aware cities be the first forms of artificial intelligence?

The cities of the future will be huge and super-dense — but will they also be alive? Could the increasingly complex systems needed to manage the next generation of megacities become our first true artificial intelligence? » 8/23/10 3:36pm 8/23/10 3:36pm