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.
The Most Futuristic Cities in the World
Hong Kong, China
Futuristic Qualities: Architecture
In a place known for taking fingerprints for school attendance, 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.
Futuristic Qualities: Growth
Talk about more people than you can fit, Singapore has raised a serious issue on handling the growth of a city. 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.
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.
CCL Source Model conceptual solar rooftops
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.