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Rooftop farms, 3D-printed houses and underwater cities: architects predict the future of London

Posted at 4:15 pm, May 27, 2015 in Property

What will the future of London look like? Pretty damn sweet, if these predictions are in any way accurate. TV channel Yesterday asked a panel of architecture and engineering experts to predict how London’s landscape will change over the next 100 years, for a new programme called Impossible Engineering. This is what they came up with. Apparently, we’ll be able to pop to the moon through handy ‘spaceports’, cows will be grazing on high-rise rooftop farms and we’ll be tackling the lack of space by digging super-deep basements, like this six-storey one under the Houses of Parliament:


Lots of the predictions are housing-related – we could be getting collapsible and stackable living pods, buildings with their own micro-climate – which we’re hoping would make heating bills redundant – and you may even be able to buy 3D-printed off-the-shelf homes, making the horror of flat-hunting a thing of the past.

Here’s the top ten:

1. Super-deep basements

2. Floating sea cities

3. High-rise or rooftop farms

4. 3D-printed homes

5. Buildings with their own micro-climates

6. Bridges that span entire cities

7. Spaceports with easy access to the moon and Mars

8. Super-high buildings – ‘cities in the sky’

9. Underwater cities

10. Collapsible/stackable living pods


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