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City in the Sky - Future City Concept by Hrama

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Towering over such polluted huge cities as New York and London this oasis project lets people take a break from everyday stress, problems and concerns.

- The image of the lotus is borrowed from the Buddhist mythology where this flower was a symbol of all pure, which was growing up untainted including the fact that it was born out of a swamp. Thus, the giant lotus-building, staying in a noisy metropolis, go far away in the sky.

- The stems will be used as a support, the leaves that are placed horizontally will be the parks, where you can escape from the omnipresent hustle and bustle and finally relax. The whole year here will blossom cherry trees and lilies will float in the shimmering waters. Grids will be decorated with creeping ivy. The light inside the mirror lotus flowers will be reflected and form a rainbow. Gardens and people who rest there will be protected from wind and bad weather with glass walls.

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This Floating UFO Home Concept Lets You Fulfil Your Dream Of Living On The Ocean

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If you are the adventurous type and you have have always dreamed about leaving the land and becoming a citizen of the ocean, then your dream can finally come true thanks to the Italian mini-yacht manufacturer, Jet Capsule. The company has come up with an ingenious, futuristic pod which it has christened Unidentified Floating Object or UFO.

The UFO has been designed so that it can keep floating around the ocean for days. It’s water jet propelled electric motor allows it to achieve a speed of 6.5 km/h (3.5 knots for the captains out there.) For the energy requirements of the this electric motor, there is a 40 square meter solar panel on top of the roof that can top up the on board battery. --- That’s not all: water and wind turbines – which can be installed as an add-on – can sufficiently supply for the rest of the energy needs of the home. A vegetable garden – that circles around the structure on top – is used to grow the food that occupants of this floating home might need. Drinkable water comes from an on board water purification system.

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Story of cities future: what will our growing megacities really look like?

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While augmented reality creates a city individualised for every occupant, and developments in modular architecture and nanotechnology might result in rooms that change form and function at a whim, the problem lies in the unforeseen. The smart city will also be the surveillance city.

- For the moment, we remain largely wedded to superficial visual futures. The likelihood is that the prevailing chrome and chlorophyll vision of architects and urbanists will become as much an enticing, but outdated, fashion as the Raygun Gothic of The Jetsons or the cyberpunk of Blade Runner. Rather than a sudden leap into dazzling space age-style cityscapes, innovations will unfold in real-time – and so too will catastrophes. The very enormity of what cities face seems beyond the realms of believability, and encourages postponement and denial.

- “Cities and populations with generous resources and engineering capacity will likely simply take the defence strategy and build mega engineering structures to keep the water away – similar to the Delta Works in the Netherlands. For those with less cultural and economic investments in the water’s edge, we will likely see retreat as a strategy. However, I see retreat as both a horizontal and vertical operation. So, retreating does not just mean packing up and moving inland, but could also mean elevating above the water.”

- The population explosion and advances of the industrial age have produced unprecedented levels of waste into landfill, the sea and the sky. Countering measures, such as developing nanotechnology that would see buildings alleviate pollution at a molecular level, are still in their infancy. In the meantime, waste is as much a testament to civilisation as our urban skylines. Mcdowellespinosa proposes a shift in thinking: “Waste is just a material state,” McDowell says. “Since it tends to be unwanted, it is cheap.

- “The main issue to overcome in viewing waste as raw material is the energy required to transform the material from a state of refuse to a state of sophistication. There is also the perceptual challenge – how can waste be transformed to acceptable visual and performance standards? We’ve explored this idea in projects such as City of Blubber, which imagines converting Hong Kong’s food waste into a productive bioplastic material.”

- One day, cities may be forced to follow their inhabitants in becoming mobile. Ron Herron’s Walking City for Archigram may still suggest the outer reaches of science fiction, but the idea of moving a city has already happened: the Swedish town of Kiruna was relocated two miles away. And with developments in the assembling of buildings through drones, nanotechnology-enhanced materials and industrial 3D printing, dissembling and deploying them elsewhere could be much easier than at present.

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Terreform One’s vision of New York as a smart city. Photograph: Mitchell Joachim/Terreform One






Terreform One’s Ecotarium project in the North Pole is based on the premise of massive human migration to the north to escape severe flooding and increased temperatures. Photograph: Mitchell Joachim/Terreform One






The City of Blubber imagines converting Hong Kong’s food waste into a productive bioplastic material. Photograph: Mcdowellespinosa






The Rapid Re(f)use project supposes an extended New York reconstituted from its own landfill material. Photograph: Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE

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An Italian Architect's Wild American Dream

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Renzo Picasso shared his last name with legendary Spanish artist Pablo Picasso and his first name with another, more well-known Italian architect: Renzo Piano. But Renzo Giovanni Battista Picasso, born in 1880 in Genoa, Italy, was clearly his own man.

- While he had a great love of Genoa, Picasso was truly a “world citizen.” He spent much of his time traveling and exploring the great cities of Europe and America. Upon visiting New York City in 1911, he was deeply impressed by the urbanism and technical innovation of modern American architecture. Deviating from the more conservative styles of his father and grandfather, he produced a large number of visionary drawings and plans depicting the most striking aspects of what he saw, such as skyscrapers, elevators, public transports, and urban plans.

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One image from 1929, titled “American Multiple Highway,” shows a stacked roadway system that runs along the length of Manhattan, and beyond






A yellow one for cars and other automobiles running normal speed, a red express lane for fast-moving vehicles that weaves underneath the yellow lane, a green one for trains, and a blue level for "areo-garages"






A network of runway-topped hangars so planes and other air traffic could fly among (and through!) the skyscrapers.

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Skyscrapers Rising From Shantytowns: A Futuristic Vision of Lagos

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The artist Olalekan Jeyifous is fascinated by cities and the changing role they play in art, politics, pop-culture, and the collective imagination of society. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, but was born in Nigeria. And moving to the U.S. at six years of age really shaped his identity, and continues to inform his art.

- Lagos, one of the fastest-growing metropolises in the world, is “fertile ground,” Jeyifous says, for artists, architects, and urbanists to develop ideas and concepts pertaining to the future of cities. And yet, it’s largely overlooked by city lovers. His new photo series aims to remedy that. In it, he depicts Lagos with a skyline of ramshackle high rises, mushrooming from its shantytowns and swirling up toward the sky. --- Each high-rise seems to be buzzing with plant, human, animal, and mechanical parts, giving it the air of something alive. Each is the dominant organism in a lush and interconnected urban ecosystem, not unlike the skyscrapers envisioned by futuristic artist Renzo Picasso’s sketches.

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NYC Aquatrium by Lissoni Architecttura

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NYC Aquatrium is an architectural concept which was designed by Lissoni Architecttura that has been selected as the First Place Winner of the NYC Aquarium & Public Waterfront open ideas competition.

The project creates a dynamic system that interacts with its surroundings, offering multiple ways to experience the water world. The site is excavated to become a large and unique water basin, with the Aquarium and the Marine Centre a submerged island accessed via a pathway. A sloping beachfront covers the Parking area to form a panoramic public space, while a boardwalk surrounds the basin and becomes a floating ring connecting the two waterfronts and encompassing the Aquarium and its sliding roof, a green island that closes to become a planetarium protecting the arena and the biome domes within.

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How London might have looked: from Regent St monorail to a straight Thames

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The central London monorail envisioned running above Regent Street in the 1960s. Photograph: Get our cities moving







Willey Reveley’s plans to cut out the curves. Photograph: Spottiswoode & Co







The Crystal Palace was to be converted into a 1,000 ft tower. Illustration: Science & Society Picture Library/Getty Images







The development included a primary school, cinema, TV studios and offices. Photograph: Carl Sutton/Getty Images







Trafalgar Square pyramid






The top section of Britannia Triumphant, a plan announced in 1799 to symbolise British naval power. Photograph: The British Museum


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Imagining a World of Massive Cities That Crawl Across the Earth

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- The Chicago architect conceived of these nutso things by “working through a tradition of humanizing massive, aggressive machines,” according to his brief at Fairy Tales 2017, a visionary-architecture competition staged by Blank Space, the American Institute of Architecture Students, and the National Building Museum.

- Unlike Miyazaki’s shambling, clanking strider, “City Walkers” creep so quietly and sluggishly you can’t tell they’re coming. They’re filter-feeders, sucking microorganisms from the air and expelling windy waste from both ends. The constant air circulation is what made them valuable to humans, who set up internal wind turbines to provide power for building traditional land-based towns.

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A look at the ambitious plan to bury Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive and create new park space

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Taking inspiration from Daniel Burnham’s 1909 Plan for Chicago, an effort to completely redefine Lake Shore Drive between Ohio Street and North Avenue is still being pushed by a number of Chicagoans.

The long-term idea has been previously championed by 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins, who spoke again on the proposal this week at a town hall meeting hosted by the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents (SOAR). The city councilman presented renderings of the project drawn last summer by local architecture firm VOA Associates, now part of Canadian-based Stantec.

At its heart, the plan would straighten out and bury Lake Shore Drive’s tight and dangerous Oak Street S-bend and would provide unfettered pedestrian access to 70 acres of newly created lakefront parkland, beaches, trails, and a breakwater island. The improvements would buffer the roadway from the routine abuse dealt by crashing winter waves as well as fix the dysfunctional Chicago Avenue bottleneck by removing traffic signals and adding new interchange ramps.

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Toronto's CN Tower reimagined as residential high-rise covered in wooden pods

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woow >It’s water jet propelled electric motor allows it to achieve a speed of 6.5 km/h > thats good .this is very good.tnx for all
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Toronto's CN Tower reimagined as residential high-rise covered in wooden pods

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It looks like the CN Tower is covered in some sort of fungus.
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Inside the plan to replace Trump’s border wall with a high-tech ecotopia

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The year is 2030. Former president Donald Trump’s border wall, once considered a political inevitability, was never built. Instead, its billions of dollars of funding were poured into something the world had never seen: a strip of shared territory spanning the border between the United States and Mexico.

- Otra Nation, as the state is called, is a high-tech ecotopia, powered by vast solar farms and connected with a hyperloop transportation system. Biometric checks identify citizens and visitors, and relaxed trade rules have turned Otra Nation into a booming economic hub. Environmental conservation policies have maximized potable water and ameliorated a new Dust Bowl to the north. This is the future envisioned by the Made Collective, a group of architects, urban planners, and others who are proposing what they call a “shared co-nation” as a new kind of state.

- At a time when policy proposals should be taken “seriously but not literally,” and facts are up for grabs, Otra Nation turns the slippery Trump playbook around to offer a counter-fantasy. In the words of collective member Marina Muñoz, “We can really make the complete American continent great again.” If nothing else, the Made Collective’s members — who say they’ve delivered their Otra Nation proposal to the US and Mexican governments — are ambitious. The proposal calls for an agreement that would turn the border into an unincorporated territory for both nations.

- The new territory would stretch for 2,000 kilometers, covering 20 kilometers on each side of the border. (That would bring Tijuana, El Paso, and San Diego, among other cities, into Otra Nation.) Residents of the co-nation would retain their previous citizenship, but they would be granted a new ID microchip and could rely on Otra Nation’s independent health care and education systems. Once established, Otra Nation would supposedly produce enough energy to power itself and neighboring areas, thanks to 90,000 square kilometers of solar panels.

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Skyscraper competition proposal involves erecting towers within world's largest trees

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A conceptual scheme by a team of South Korean designers calls for inserting towers within the hollowed-out trunks of giant sequoias in the western US.

- Called Tribute: The Monument of Giant, the visionary scheme imagines buildings constructed within the empty trunks of giant sequoias, a type of redwood tree native to the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. The structures would be placed where heartwood has rotted away, preventing the huge ancient trees from falling.

- Giant sequoias are the largest single trees in the world, with average heights of 50 to 85 metres and diameters of six to eight metres. They also are among the oldest living organisms on earth, with certain trees believed to be over 3,000 years old.

- "This project attempts to show a new architectural approach to human coexistence with nature, in harmony with the nature's temporality," the team said. "The architecture quietly takes place in the empty void of trunks, without hindering the breathtaking landscape formed by the giants. It then becomes active as an artificial organ to replace the trunks rotten away."

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Bring New York's Never-Built Projects to Life With This Kickstarter

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The Queens Museum hopes to continue the exploration into the New York that might have been with a Never Built New York exhibition and has launched a Kickstarter campaign with a goal of $35,000 to make it happen. The exhibition, curated by Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin and designed by Christian Wassmann, will explore 200 years of wild schemes and unbuilt projects that had the potential to vastly alter the New York we know today.

- Opening September 2017, the crowdsourced funds will bring the show to life for the first time with original drawings, renderings, newly-built models, and 3D visualizations. As an added bonus for supporters, the available rewards for contributing to the Kickstarter include an exhibition print, special access to the exhibit, and even one of the 3D printed models from the exhibit. The funding will go to support the gallery installation, showing rarely-seen models, drawings and sketches--including more than seventy models to be installed on the Museum’s Panorama of the City of New York model.

- By seeing the visions of what New York could have looked like, visitors to the exhibit also get to understand the backstory of why the city looks the way it does today. Some of the most visionary and innovative concepts for New York also give visitors an insight into the design process of the creative minds that dreamt them up. Many of the unrealized designs highlight the fact that society’s most pressing social issues are entirely tied up in the built environment; some of the craziest schemes were in response to perceived social problems that still ring true today.

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Buckminster Fuller Dome, 1961.







Howe and Lescaze MoMA.







Rufus Henry Gilbert's Elevated Railway.







Frank Gehry, Guggenheim Museum, 2000.







SHoP, Flushing Stadium, 2013.







Charles Rollinson Lamb's Diagonal Plan, 1904.







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THE AIRPORT ON THE HUDSON, APARTMENTS TUCKED INTO BRIDGES, AND OTHER NEW YORK DREAMS THAT NEVER CAME TRUE

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- Never Built New York, curated by Sam Lubell and Greg Coldin and designed by Christian Wassmann, opens today, and features over 150 years-worth of drawings and models of New York City’s boldest, weirdest, long-forgotten building projects. That includes things as well-known Frank Lloyd Wright’s zany sci-fi vision for Ellis Island (his last major drawing before his death in 1959) and alternate mock-ups for the Freedom Tower, as well as lesser-known daydreams that never got anywhere close to off the ground, like William Zeckendorf’s 1946 plan for a $3 billion airport stretching over 40 blocks of the Hudson River and into Midtown Manhattan. Or, even weirder, Raymond Hood’s 1925 concept for solving a housing crisis by fitting 50-story skyscrapers into the city’s bridges.

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1959 idea for remaking Ellis Island was to turn it into “a city within a city,” with residential towers arranged like spokes on a wheel and glass domes that would contain parks and other shared spaces. Imagine this weird little sci-fi land instead of the Ellis Island museum, I bet you can’t even begin!






This model is of Moshe Safdie’s 1967 Habitat New York concept, a collection of prefabricated housing units arranged into wild sail shapes and suspended from catenary cables. This version would have been built near South Street Seaport if it had ever gotten past the planning stage.






The Queens Museum is home to 1964 World’s Fair centerpiece “Panorama of the City of New York,” which was the largest architectural model in the world when it was built. For this exhibit, students at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation created models of 70 of the Never Built New York projects, setting them on top of the Panorama to show just how different NYC might have been. This model shows an airport stretching down the Hudson River and into Midtown Manhattan, an idea pitched by real estate mogul William Zeckendorf. He owned the Chrysler Building and was very rich!






Zeckendorf’s airport idea was covered in the December 1945 issue of Life, described as a “dream.” Okay, sure! Steel columns would suspend the airport 200 feet above street level from 24th street to 71st street, from 9th avenue into the river.






Alfred Ely Beach’s 1870 idea for an underground rail system powered by air, like the pneumatic tubes in a post office, isn’t that far off from Elon Musk’s Hyperloop concept. A sample 294-foot tunnel was built in 1870 and was operational until 1873, but never got any further than a tiny stretch alongside City Hall from Warren Street to Murray Street.

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