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A panel of experts from institutions such as the University of Westminster predicted what future cities will look like. Shown is the prediction for a floating city near the White Cliffs of Dover. Interlinking pods allow for living space within the city, while the use of glass and bone structures reflect sea-life and helps to sit the floating city into the environment

Welcome to the cities of the future: 'Impossible Engineering' predicts cows on skyscrapers, 3D-printed homes and underwater arenas in the next 100 years

  • A panel of experts from institutions including University of Westminster predicted what future cities will look like
  • They include roads curving into the air, fields for grazing animals on top of skyscrapers and underground stadiums
  • Super-deep basements and floating cities were rated the most likely advancements to occur in the next 100 years
  • The experts also predicted that we will commonly use spaceports for regular journeys to Mars and the moon

Mail Online
By Jonathan O'Callaghan
25 May 2015

Jaw-dropping landscapes of the future have been created based on predictions by top engineers and architects.

The glorious vista feature floating and underwater cities, 3D-printed homes and even animals grazing on top of skyscrapers.

The images were commissioned to coincide with the launch of a new series of Impossible Engineering on TV channel Yesterday.

Experts working on the series also believe we will inhabit ultra-deep basements and buildings with their own complex micro-climates.

And when it comes to the daily commute, they foresee mega-bridges spanning entire cities and spaceports with direct access to the moon and Mars.They came from a distinguished panel including Dr Rhys Morgan, Director of Engineering and Education at the Royal Academy of Engineering and award-winning architects and lecturers at the University of Westminster.

Multi-layered basement extensions are already materialising, particularly in high-value, densely-populated areas of London, and the experts said future homes may have as many floors below ground as they do above.

Floating sea cities harnessing solar and tidal energy were voted the next most likely development, followed by urban high rise farms where crops and animals are kept in tall, layered, space-saving structures.

3D-printed 'off-the-shelf' homes and buildings with their own micro-climates that mean we can live in previously uninhabitable areas complete the top five.

The top three predictions were then visualised by architecture illustrators.

Many of the predictions were influenced by environmental conditions, with global warming and rising sea levels encouraging a focus on water-based architecture.

In a complementary survey of 2,000 Brits, one in three believes floating cities would be a viable option for the future, with 10 per cent preferring the idea of developing underwater cities and one in five thinking floating living pods on major rivers would solve the problem of inner-city crowding.

Population increase was another factor raised by the panel.

According to research, space constraint would catalyse the development of structures such as high-rise farms (15 per cent want to see these) and cities in the sky that build upwards in levels on top of each other (preferred by 13 per cent).

Shown is a prediction of a super-deep basement below the houses of Parliament. There are six levels of living and functional spaces including gardens, parks, swimming pools, gyms, hotels, a football pitch and a secure bunker. A glass pyramid atrium sits under the Palace of Westminster itself, while the light well for the pyramid lets in light from the courtyard

The panel also noted that advances in technology and science would allow for revolutionary developments in the way we live. The recent progress made with 3D printing is expected to continue to the point where entire houses will be available to print, after being bought 'off the shelf'.

Not only is there huge scope for how we buy and live in our homes, but also for the way that we travel, with 12 per cent of Brits believing spaceports that offer easy access to the moon and Mars are on the cards.

'Rapid technological advances coupled with increases in population and global warming will have a huge influence on how we live, with underground, super high rise and even floating homes likely to feature in our future cityscapes,' said Adrian Wills, General Manager of Yesterday.

Here can be seen the prediction for a future London where animals graze on the top of skyscrapers. Many of the predictions were influenced by environmental conditions, with global warming and rising sea levels encouraging a focus on water-based architecture

'Impossible Engineering shows how a series of seemingly unconnected breakthroughs can be put together to create amazing feats of engineering, but anything could happen in the next 50 years.'

Dr Rhys Morgan added: 'Breakthroughs in engineering work in the same way as breakthroughs in literature, music and lifestyle - an accumulation of different discoveries or influences is required to create the final catalyst for a new discovery.

'There is rarely a 'eureka' moment. As such, engineering feats which are currently out of reach require time for the pieces to fit together and the minds responsible for developing the ideas to work through all the wrong avenues before achieving what is currently impossible. Impossible Engineering really highlights this collaborative nature of progress.'

Impossible Engineering will air on Yesterday from Tuesday 26 May at 9pm BST.



  1. That is a pretty cool city... I am surprised to see the automobile is still in the picture. I would think we would have moved into some type of hovering craft.

    ~get real

  2. I can't wait, I've been a fan of the Venus project by Jaqe fresco for the past 20 years, I'm still waiting,I'm all for this way of life one nation under god, all nations unit in harmony:)


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