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

An imaginary city that changed the twentieth century

Before he invented the safety razor, King Camp Gillette was a futurist. In 1894, he published plans for a porcelain, hexagonal city with transparent sidewalks. Why do so many innovators dream of building the perfect city? » 7/22/10 8:00am 7/22/10 8:00am

Futuristic cars inspired by Syd Mead's Blade Runner designs

The next generation of concept artists is paying tribute to the master, Syd Mead, who reinvented cars and city living in his work on Blade Runner, Tron and other films. Here are our favorite entries from CGSociety's Syd Mead contest. » 7/02/10 4:06pm 7/02/10 4:06pm

Tech giant Cisco goes into the business of building instant cities in…

Cisco is a Silicon Valley company that makes routers, and famously helped generate the "great firewall of China" to aid that country's government with internet censorship. Now they're creating an instant, high tech city in Korea, controlled entirely via internet. » 6/02/10 12:15pm 6/02/10 12:15pm

Urban Mars

Over at WebUrbanist, there's a great post about building cities on Mars, looking at the history of the idea and images of those cities as they might look in the future. [via WebUrbanist, image via Tim Landry] » 1/25/10 2:59pm 1/25/10 2:59pm

Dallas' Eco-Community Could Be the Future of Urban Housing

In 2011, construction will begin on Forwarding Dallas, a hilltop-inspired community that combines renewable energy and rooftop greenery with practical and cost-effective design. Could we be looking at the model for sustainable urban architecture? » 11/25/09 1:40pm 11/25/09 1:40pm

The City Is A Battlesuit For Surviving The Future

The architecture of science fiction has profoundly changed urban design. When building cities of the future, our best guides may be places like comic book megalopolises Mega-City-1 or Transmet. » 9/20/09 1:00pm 9/20/09 1:00pm

William Gibson's Bridge City in "Virtual Light" Could Become Real

San Francisco's Bay Bridge is getting a makeover that will leave a large portion of the old bridge unused, but still standing strong. Now two architects are proposing that the city build a neighborhood on it. » 9/14/09 2:26pm 9/14/09 2:26pm

Is The Bike City An Alternate Universe, Or A Glimpse Of Your Urban…

Amsterdam is the future - if you think that cities devoted to bicycle transportation are the next step in urban evolution. » 8/13/09 10:27am 8/13/09 10:27am

The Same Cityscape According To Star Trek And Terminator Salvation

Mega-nerd Protohiro compared screenshots of the exact same view of San Francisco from the Star Trek and Terminator Salvation trailers. Here's Trek's super-bright, super-big Frisco. Click through to see Terminator's gloomy, Skynet-infested version. » 5/12/09 8:30am 5/12/09 8:30am

Video Games Are The Forefront Of Futuristic City Design

Shanghai in the year 2027 glimmers with life, setting the Huangpu river ablaze with reflections, in this image from Eidos' long-awaited game Deus Ex 3. Are video games the cutting edge of imagining future cities? » 4/28/09 1:00pm 4/28/09 1:00pm

Under the New Gaian Regime, No Roof May Lie Fallow

Many countries like Germany (pictured) and Switzerland are now mandating that all new buildings with flat roofs must plant a garden on them. What will cities look like when this practice becomes the norm? » 4/16/09 8:30am 4/16/09 8:30am

Kibera's "Instant Farm" System Is the Future of Urban Agriculture

Click to view » 9/04/08 11:00am 9/04/08 11:00am Kibera, a dense, 2.5 square km shantytown outside Nairobi, is the largest slum in Kenya. It's estimated that possibly a million people live its maze of houses and outdoor markets. Now a group there has figured out a fast, efficient way to convert piles of trash into compost — and to convert areas that…

A Twelve-Layer Freeway Clover for Los Angeles

If you have too many cars on the freeway, the best thing to do is go vertical and build a skyscraper road system. Here is one possible way to do that, layering roads on top of each other until the traffic thins out. Perfect for Los Angeles, where it often takes three hours to cross town on the freeways. [Core Form-ula » 4/04/08 7:00am 4/04/08 7:00am

Photo-Surrealist Favelas Metastasize in the Citiscape

Dionisio Gonzalez makes photo mashups of urban spaces, converting every kind of city architecture into twisted, brokedown shanties that look a bit like a Brazilian favela and a bit like chunks of mirrored highrises. Marginal II, above, is a great example of his work. It's a sharp rejoinder to designs that portray… » 12/26/07 8:30am 12/26/07 8:30am