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View Poll Results: Which of these is the world's most futuristic city?
Abu Dhabi 2 6.67%
Abuja 0 0%
Amsterdam 0 0%
Astana 2 6.67%
Bangalore 0 0%
Brasilia 0 0%
Curitiba 0 0%
Doha 2 6.67%
Dubai 6 20.00%
Helsinki 0 0%
Hong Kong 1 3.33%
London 1 3.33%
Los Angeles 1 3.33%
Moscow 0 0%
New York City 1 3.33%
Osaka 0 0%
San Francisco 0 0%
Sao Paulo 0 0%
Seoul 1 3.33%
Shanghai 2 6.67%
Singapore 1 3.33%
Sydney 0 0%
Tokyo 8 26.67%
Toronto 1 3.33%
Frankfurt 0 0%
Other 1 3.33%
Voters: 30. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-09-2018, 09:06 PM
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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Originally Posted by Ethereal View Post
Some of these shouldn't even be listed (Sydney, Toronto, SF, Moscow, Helsinki and Bangalore???)
I think there are certain angles of Moscow that look futuristic

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Old Yesterday, 08:34 AM
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Moscow? Are you serious? Moscow is medieval city lol.

I think only Tokyo.
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Old Yesterday, 09:24 AM
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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Originally Posted by Kaaaan View Post
Moscow? Are you serious? Moscow is medieval city lol.

I think only Tokyo.
I agree, I wouldn’t vote Moscow, but I understand why someone might, Moscow City (place with all the skyscrapers) looks very modern and futuristic, and with the strong contrast with Soviet, Stalinist, imperial and medieval architecture gives this dystopian feel, especially when cloudy.

And I don’t think Tokyo looks that futuristic, or at least not the modern concept of it. I think Doha/Dubai or Hong Kong/Shanghai looks the most futuristic.
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Old Yesterday, 12:31 PM
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Again, part of this subjective and depends on what your vision for futuristic is. It isn't a one size fits all answer. Rationale for each of these

Sydney: A major hub for it's region, with plenty of modern architecture, somewhat clean/modern feel, well educated, and has a heavy Asia-Pacific influence. Has a design for it's suburbs that fits the SoCal model of design (dense, inter-nodal), where there's a major business and tourism center, but people in areas around community still live in places that are perhaps more neighborly, and much of what they need is around them.

Toronto: The city, that demographics wise, aesthetic wise, etc. seems to be very much a match of Sydney. Extremely diverse and well educated, plenty of modern architecture. Has more of an international outlook that passes it beyond the boundaries of it's country.

SF: Is one of the largest tech hubs on the planet (when thinking at the metro level. Has a very clean and modern feel throughout many areas, excellent modern architecture, ahead of cusp on many cultural/building trends, very diverse, well educated, good regional transit system (at least by US standards). Many things changing the way we live our built here.

Moscow: Has some dystopian aesthetic left over, but also acts as a multinational business hub with an incredible central skyline. Has links to many corners of the globe.

Helsinki: Known the world over for it's innovations in modern design (World Design Capital), Livability (a consistent world leader), education, park space/bicycle friendliness, and data transparency. Keep in mind, Nokia came from here.

Bangalore: As much of a clean/modern tech hub as one will find in the developing world. Will be interesting to see the influence/development of a place like this in the years ahead.

Not saying any of these are an absolute winner, as the one I picked would be different from any of these also, but I figured I'd rather include a wider rather than narrow range of cities for consideration.
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Old Yesterday, 03:40 PM
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Dubai for sure
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Old Yesterday, 04:27 PM
Location: Brisbane
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A mix of Pyongyang and Mogadishu.
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Old Today, 03:10 PM
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I distinguish between modernism, futurism (which I see as a rejection of both modernism and post-modernism), and whatever architectural aesthetic the actual "future" might hold.

Modernism, especially what the 21st century is bringing in the West, seems less beholden to futurism than it did when modernist architecture burst forth in the early-mid 20th century while maintaining a vision of aethetic innovation. This is exemplified in Oslo's recent development, and I see similar trends in new American architecture as well. In some ways, I consider this the most innovative streak in new architecture since the ideas seem more architect driven rather than architects taking cues from other sources, whether traditional or the fantasies of futurists.

On the other hand, a lot of Asian cities, especially in east Asia are firmly modeling their new architecture after a contemporary futurist aesthetic. An seemingly very consicious application of futurist, "cyberpunk" motifs, especially with proportions and light.

Then there is simple "future". Here is where considering decay (Pripyat), eclectic mixes of traditional/post-modern/modern/futurist (NYC, London, other Western cities), and dystopian (a lot of Western/eastern European modernism, including, for example, brutalism) come into play. Then, who knows what the aesthetic preferences of the future may hold? Heck, Neo-gothic or Art Deco could make a comeback. You never know.
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