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Old June 12th, 2008, 10:30 AM   #701
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Old June 12th, 2008, 11:55 AM   #702
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Old June 12th, 2008, 06:27 PM   #703
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What's there in Berlin to be considered a Futuristic city? ... or in any other city in the Ol' continent.
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Old June 12th, 2008, 07:01 PM   #704
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I don't understand why some people say Dubai is the most futuristic city ? I think they haven't seen or been yet to Japan .

Yes I like Dubai and yes it has a nice skyline especially the one along Sheikh Zayed road, but:

1) Transportation system is not good .
2) It's hardly walkable.
3) Where are vending machines and amazingly automated toilets as in Japanese cities ?
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Old June 12th, 2008, 10:15 PM   #705
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I don't understand why some people say Dubai is the most futuristic city ? I think they haven't seen or been yet to Japan .

Yes I like Dubai and yes it has a nice skyline especially the one along Sheikh Zayed road, but:

1) Transportation system is not good .
2) It's hardly walkable.
3) Where are vending machines and amazingly automated toilets as in Japanese cities ?
I don't understand it either. Dubai isn’t even the present let alone the future.

There is a bizarre and desperately depressing irony in a country building a city in an attempt to wean its economy off of oil which is itself dependant on the car.
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Old June 13th, 2008, 12:21 AM   #706
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What I like about Dubai though is the fact that to me, it is the city that most looks like Courescant, the capital of the known galaxy, from "Stars Wars III: The Revenge of the Sith."
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Old June 13th, 2008, 04:09 AM   #707
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If the oil price continues to goes up as it does, then the cities in the future will become more and more like the newly developed high density regions in cities today. North York Centre or Harbourfront in Toronto come to mind. Korean cities also have this type of development. About the coin-operated vending machines and the shibuya/times square neons -- that's not the future, it's the 1960s lol.
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Old June 28th, 2008, 05:39 AM   #708
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miami is america's most futuristic city new york is nearly 1900s
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Old July 1st, 2008, 12:34 AM   #709
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There is no way in hell Dubai could recognised as one of the most futuristic cities!! sure it has a nice skyline,but all that is built from slave labour,and half the country life in shanty towns!!!I believe economy and overall wealth of the people should play a big part in deciding the most futuristic city!!And if people are going to say Berlin then id have to say Frankfurt is much more futuristic then that:
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Plus it had the biggest economy in the Eu in 2003 and is listed as one of the 6 major Alpha world cities.One of the biggest Airports in Europe a great road network and a pretty sweet ass skyline!!
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Old July 1st, 2008, 01:12 AM   #710
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going by conventional definitions, by FAR definitely TOKYO

Chinese cities - they are industrial blobs, definitely not modern. Shanghai may have that one cool space-ship type tower, but having only a few supertalls and a weird spaceship don't make a city futuristic. you have to look at the bigger picture.

Dubai - tall buildings alone do not make a city futuristic. any country with oil can do that. but creating an extremely creative and industrious populace and all those weirdo gadgets and electronic stuff and video games and all is NOT easy. dubai will never reach tokyo's level of modernity. it's not just the buildings, it's the fashion, it's the transportation, it's the sleekness of stuff, the sexual openness, the business, etc that makes a city futuristic.
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Everyone here is really biased, because definitely the most futuristic living is in America.

America is wealthy, so they don't have to pile every tom, dick and harry into a tiny crowded urban blob. America has things called SUBURBS and open space. just middle class people are wealthy enough to be able to afford 500K houses and drive 2-3 cars to their place of work. Is this not the future? In America, people just 15 years old get cars and do things that in most cities few do. The future should be green and in tune with the environment, not a bunch of tall glass and steel towers and inner city crime, pollution, congestion, etc. America has this.

so...SAN DIEGO or AUSTIN are the most futuristic cities
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Suburbs are not futuristic.
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Suburbs are not futuristic.
Why not? Futuristic doesn't have to just be crowded and industrial. Silicon Valley (SF) and Silicon Hills (Austin) represents the future. No downtowns, just mid-height buildings built on the hills. Most people are employed in the high tech industry and the internet-rich are the elite. People's lives are better (more stuff, more land, bigger houses, etc). Cities are not congested, filthy and polluted. There are trees, grass and hills all around, but even more wealth.

In what way is this not futuristic?
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Old July 1st, 2008, 02:39 AM   #714
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The look of Suburbs don't look very futuristic unless they have the ultra modern architectures surrounding it , Futuristic City has to have futuristic visualisation
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Old July 1st, 2008, 02:40 AM   #715
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there's no way a suburb is futuristic all canadian,american,mexican cities has suburbs.
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 11:38 AM   #716
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Why not? Futuristic doesn't have to just be crowded and industrial. Silicon Valley (SF) and Silicon Hills (Austin) represents the future. No downtowns, just mid-height buildings built on the hills. Most people are employed in the high tech industry and the internet-rich are the elite. People's lives are better (more stuff, more land, bigger houses, etc). Cities are not congested, filthy and polluted. There are trees, grass and hills all around, but even more wealth.

In what way is this not futuristic?
Silicon Valley is not the one and only suburb in the world. You've never seen crime and pollution in sprawling suburbs? You've never seen low-incomers in suburbs? Maybe walking around Watts will give you a bigger picture of "suburb".


This Miami suburb doesn't look too inviting either



Now let's step outside the US...which one is better? The skyscrapers in the background or the low rise in the foreground?



Since you've singled out Silicon Valley and Silicon Hills, I'll also single out parts of downtown HK...
As you can see, not all high rise areas are filthy and polluted



And as you can also see in the following, congestion exists in the suburbs too
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 10:31 PM   #717
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going by conventional definitions, by FAR definitely TOKYO

Chinese cities - they are industrial blobs, definitely not modern. Shanghai may have that one cool space-ship type tower, but having only a few supertalls and a weird spaceship don't make a city futuristic. you have to look at the bigger picture.

Dubai - tall buildings alone do not make a city futuristic. any country with oil can do that. but creating an extremely creative and industrious populace and all those weirdo gadgets and electronic stuff and video games and all is NOT easy. dubai will never reach tokyo's level of modernity. it's not just the buildings, it's the fashion, it's the transportation, it's the sleekness of stuff, the sexual openness, the business, etc that makes a city futuristic.
Oil sector contribution to Dubai GDP is less than 5 %
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Where the hell is that?
This is photoshoped
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Only the space needle makes it look futuristic. Still good.
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