When it comes to planning our cities' futures, the ideas and plans set forth tend to range from the very basic to the extremely bizarre. We gave a quick rundown of some of the more basic concepts earlier this week in our slideshow of the 10 Ways Cities Are Turning Back Time. Now, we'd like to take a deeper look at some of the more bold and bizarre visions for our increasingly urban future.
These are ideas with good intentions: getting people from one place to another as quickly and efficiently as possible; solving the water crisis; finding new, off-the-ground places to develop; and more. But are any of these feasible? How futuristic will our cities be, really?
That's what we're looking to explore here. So please have a click through the following pages to explore 12 ideas that are truly bold and bizarre -- and may or may not change the future for good.
As always, don't forget to let us know what you think on the boards below.
— Mary Jander, Managing Editor; Rich Heap, Community Editor; and Nicole Ferraro, Editor in Chief, UBM's Future Cities
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