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View Poll Results: Which of these is the world's most futuristic city?
Abu Dhabi 2 6.45%
Abuja 0 0%
Amsterdam 0 0%
Astana 2 6.45%
Bangalore 0 0%
Brasilia 0 0%
Curitiba 0 0%
Doha 2 6.45%
Dubai 6 19.35%
Helsinki 0 0%
Hong Kong 1 3.23%
London 1 3.23%
Los Angeles 1 3.23%
Moscow 0 0%
New York City 1 3.23%
Osaka 0 0%
San Francisco 0 0%
Sao Paulo 0 0%
Seoul 1 3.23%
Shanghai 3 9.68%
Singapore 1 3.23%
Sydney 0 0%
Tokyo 8 25.81%
Toronto 1 3.23%
Frankfurt 0 0%
Other 1 3.23%
Voters: 31. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-03-2018, 09:34 AM
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Basic as it sounds, this is almost completely subjective. The cities that I included were absolute major world cities that I deemed "continental" in their sphere of influence, plus others that were from lists derived from this for various reasons. For me, when I think of future, I think of the Marty McFly-esque flying cars, robots, hard to imagine architecture (both make up and scale) and so my vote, if I do, would go to somewhere like Hong Kong or Tokyo. But lifestyle, etc. can also be considered here.

Edit: I'm thinking on the metro area level.
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Old 01-03-2018, 10:34 AM
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I can only vouch for Dubai, Tokyo and Moscow and Tokyo stiil beats them.

Though my trip to Moscow was long time ago, before moscow city so things might've changed.

Dubai is just skyscrapers around Sheikh Zayed road + high blocks around dubai marina.

Tokyo is futuristig even if you take Roppongi alone, let alone Shibuya/Ginza/Shinjuku.
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Old 01-03-2018, 02:46 PM
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Dubai comes off as very futuristic because itís a modern city. If you go back 30 years in the past, the only major high rise you would see is the Dubai WTC. Itís been expanding its public transportation network lately which is a good move.

Astana looks a lot like Dubai in many ways, but lacks the former citiyís verticality.

Moscow has changed quite a bit in recent years with the addition of the IBC to the skyline.

Tokyo still holds the top spot for me as many things feel futuristic over there. Public transportation is top notch and the level of cleanliness is hard to beat. The cityís technological orientation helps as well.
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Old 01-03-2018, 03:01 PM
Location: East Coast of the United States
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New York City is starting to look more futuristic with its newer architecture. I recently went to this mall at the site of the World Trade Center and it looked kind of neat:


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Old 01-04-2018, 08:34 AM
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Is Tokyo's technological orientation immediately evident, and where is it most so? What is it about Roppongi/Ginza/Shinjuku/Shibuya that make them so distinctively modern?
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Old 01-04-2018, 10:03 AM
Location: Near Luxembourg
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Doha is a tough player in this game... =)
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Old 01-04-2018, 10:54 AM
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Tokyo, not even a contest!
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Old 01-04-2018, 11:31 AM
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
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Probably Pyongyang, given the direction the world is going atm.
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Old 01-04-2018, 11:38 AM
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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I just came back from Japan, where I spent just over 10 days, and Tokyo is super advanced but not in a futuristic sort of way. It lacks the sleekness and shiny attributes of Doha and Dubai, for example, which both look more futuristic than Tokyo but are less advanced as cities than Tokyo. For instance, Tokyo can justify it's advanced state with things like Maglev, which neither Doha or Dubai have. Tokyo has numerous features, just like this, that exceed the advanced infrastructure in the two Arab world cities. However, when you look at the aesthetic component by itself, both Doha and Dubai look like cities of the future due to their architectural style and build, in that sense, much more futuristic but also less advanced than Tokyo.

Tokyo actually reminds me more of London's formula, which is an excellent blend of old with new, or as I personally choose to term it, where modern meets retro. It's a beautiful combination, something that doesn't exist in either Doha or Dubai.

These are pictures of Doha, very futuristic looking city, right?

01. https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4506/...ee038808_b.jpg

02. https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3944/...443518d7_b.jpg

03. https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5559/...e4a8d6f1_b.jpg

04. https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4415/...efc2b4eb_b.jpg

05. https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2866/...deb5a633_b.jpg

06. https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4579/...f7dc0925_b.jpg

07. https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1527/...af575ae7_b.jpg

08. https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4575/...00df4f11_b.jpg

09. https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4579/...7c93865c_b.jpg

10. https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4551/...b9eb6968_b.jpg

Very futuristic looking city, I'd say. Indeed, but about average in terms of being advanced. Tokyo is an inverse of that, very very advanced city, I'd say the most advanced in the world, but not necessarily futuristic. Tokyo has a lot of modernism to it but plenty of old stuff too, to keep its aesthetics in balance. Much like what London is increasingly shaping up to be like as well.

All the following would be spectacular answers to the question: Abu Dhabi, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait City, Manama, and I'm sure there are more. The Persian Gulf nations definitely have the lead here, most futuristic cities I've personally ever seen (I've been to Abu Dhabi, Doha, and Dubai).

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Old 01-04-2018, 12:08 PM
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Very thorough post again, I'm enjoying this thread! Very good description. And, I don't necessarily consider most futuristic as equating to just modern looking although that definitely contributes. A city like London or Tokyo can have a significant historic area but be super advanced. Helsinki, though it is known for being a world capital for avant garde architecture/design, while also having a large historic area, might be more known for being futuristic/advanced in a lifestyle sense (clean energy, digital transparency/media freedom, public health, education, bicycling to work, metro system, etc.). Not saying Helsinki is world's most futuristic or advanced, just saying it doesn't all have to fit one size, just as FKR and others have said.

Edit: goodness... Doha really looks like the perfect setting if any movie director wanted to capture some idealized, utopian version of 2050 or so.
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