10 of the Most Futuristic Cities in the World – Because the Future is Cool

Ever see a city skyline that looks like it came from the Jetsons? You know the ones with super tall skyscrapers and twinkling lights wrapped in miles of highway. I’ve always wanted to visit these cities. Some for their incredible photo ops, but mostly for the culture. Cities where global preservation, advanced telecommunications, and artificial intelligence is common. From epic skylines to technology, here is a bucket list of the most futuristic cities in the world.

 

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The Most Futuristic Cities in the World

 

Hong Kong, China

 

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Futuristic Qualities: Architecture

 

In a place known for taking fingerprints for school attendance, and using Edubirdie to assist in College course writing, it’s no wonder its buildings deliver the skyline of an urban future. With more skyscrapers than any other city in the world, Hong Kong is the poster child for the most futuristic cities in the world.

 

Singapore, its own country, capital and city-state

 

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Futuristic Qualities: Growth

 

Talk about more people than you can fit, Singapore has raised a serious issue on handling the growth of a population. One that is not going unnoticed. Urban planners are estimating this small island city-state will grow another 20%. And to handle the growth they are looking to discourage vehicle purchases (by raising prices of automobiles), divert traffic by manipulating tolls and analyze local taxicab use.

 

Dubai, UAE

 

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Futuristic Qualities: City Concept

 

Dubai’s architecture makes it one of the most visibly futuristic cities on the globe. With Burj (world’s tallest building), the Palm Islands and an underwater hotel, Dubai is something of a talk piece. Many compare the metropolis to the game Simcity.

 

Masdar, UAE

 

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Futuristic Qualities: Green Living and Global Preservation

 

The UAE is no stranger to being futuristic. And while they’ve nailed the futuristic skyline of Dubai, they’re also killing it in the global preservation department. Meet Masdar, built so it can rely on solar energy and renewable resources. And while it didn’t hit the mark for a zero-carbon car-free city, it sure is hitting the mark for green living.

 

Silicon Valley, California

 

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Futuristic Qualities: Industry and Business

 

The San Francisco Bay Area (and towns including San Jose, Palo Alto and Menlo Park) is home to the biggest technology companies in the galaxy…ok on the planet. Home to Google, Facebook and many other tech gods, this is where the magic happens. Innovation, new products, and entire industries are born faster than you can unwrap a candy bar. From garage start-ups to multi-billion dollar companies, Silicon Valley is ground zero to all things futuristic.

 

Tokyo, Japan

 

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Futuristic Qualities: Its architecture and utter nerdiness

 

From an advanced railway to an actual Robot Restaurant, Tokyo might be the city that actually came from the future. It’s totally the geekiest city in the world but that aside, its skyline glitters. Home to the tallest tower in the world and second tallest building, Skytree Tower, Tokyo isn’t leaving this list, like ever.

 

 

Brasilia, Brazil

 

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Futuristic Qualities: Design

 

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and capital of Brazil, Brasilia is known for its aesthetics which, are like something from a sci-fi movie. With its symmetry and perfected layout, here’s definitely a space-like future feel here.

 

Bangalore, India

 

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Futuristic Qualities: Tech scene

 

Called the “Silicon Valley” of India, Bangalore is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. It’s a hub of technical talent and according to Departures Magazine, the fastest growing wealth base in the Asia Pacific.

 

Songdo, South Korea

 

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Futuristic Qualities: Communications and Robots

 

With a $35 billion dollar price tag, the Songdo project is emerging as one of the most futuristic cities in the world. Why? How about robots in every home, information systems linked to each other allowing every household to have video conferencing and in home emergency management / city-to-household communications. Feeling like Marty McFly? I know I am.

 

Toronto, Canada

 

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Futuristic Qualities: Diversity and More Diversity

 

With 49% of its population having been born outside of Canada, UNESCO has named it the most diverse city in the world. And if diversity is an element of the future, then Toronto has arrived.

 

So pack your bags and make sure to pack your robot because we are just a jet set away from the most futuristic cities in the world. From glittering skylines to artificial intelligence, these cities will make you feel like you’ve traveled through space and time.

 


About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day.

“It’s never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams.” -Christa Thompson

7 Comments on this post

  1. I actually got the chance to live in Tokyo, Japan and I couldn’t agree more with you. Everything in Japan is just beautiful and they are way past we are here in the US.

    Tiara Wilson / Reply
  2. Wow!! I’ve never seen any of these places before. What a beautiful world we live in, humans can be so creative!

    Chloe / Reply
  3. Singapore is a city and country, not a part of Malaysia as stated in the article.

    Matt Davis / Reply
  4. I have been in four of these ten great cities and love each of them for different reasons. I think I still prefer Tokyo after all these years. I have vivid and fond memories of Shinjuku and Akihabara, especially at night. Thank you Christa for the trip down memory lane!

    Diaspar / Reply
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