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The Most Futuristic City  
User currently offlineAerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1919 times:

Out of all of the citys to which you've travelled, which is the most futuristic or technologically advanced based upon (but not limited to) the criteria of:

- Technology used in public spaces and in the service of the public, generally.
- Architecture and public art.
- Social and ethnic make-up.
- Transportation.
- Education.




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User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1911 times:

Singapore, Tokyo, Bangkok - in that order


I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineAerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1908 times:

Interesting.
Maybe I should mention that I'd like to see contributors justify their choices with some examples.



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User currently offlineBizJets From France, joined Jun 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1906 times:

Bangkok? I could think of a few more futuristic cities. I.e. Osaka, Kobe, Hong Kong... interestingly, all of these are in Asia. Seattle would probably be the most modern in the USA, my European vote goes to Copenhagen and its Scandinavian counterparts.

What about Dubai?


User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1904 times:

Hong Kong



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User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1904 times:

Okay - I will break it down by category, and give the top 3 for each category.

- Technology used in public spaces and in the service of the public, generally.

Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore


- Architecture and public art.

Bangkok (Come on - Elephant shaped skyscrapers and talking escalators!), Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur

- Social and ethnic make-up.

London, New York, Los Angeles - all multicultural phenomenons

- Transportation.

Bangkok (Skytrains et al), Singapore, Kuala Lumpur

- Education.

Singapore (ludicrously talented population) , Tokyo, Oslo



I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineLewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3657 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1896 times:

1)Dubai (really nice buildings)
2)Singapore (what can I say?)
3)Sydney (The monorail and the tower gave a futuristic look)
4)Bangkok (now with the new train downtown it must be futuristic!)


User currently offline777kicksass From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2000, 668 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1880 times:

UNder transportation i would have to include London - probably the best underground system in the world. Did you know that 1.5 million people travel on it every day???!!!!

User currently offlineMBMBOS From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2598 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1864 times:

As far as innovative architechture goes, how about Rotterdam?

User currently offlinePacificjourney From New Zealand, joined Jul 2001, 2734 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1865 times:

Allow me to correct your typo, surely you meant 'worst' not best.


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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21487 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1852 times:

Wouldn´t that depend heavily on what kind of future you´re imagining?

Just think back to the "year 2000" visions people had in the 1950s: Flying cars all over the place - and powered by nuclear reactors, no less...  Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8018 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1840 times:

I think for futuristic city you have to include the new Pudong development near Shanghai. That place is amazing!  Wow!

Yes, London's Underground is great except for one thing: their trains are just too small for American-sized passengers. Small wonder why they're designing new trains with lowered floors for more headroom.


User currently offlinePacificjourney From New Zealand, joined Jul 2001, 2734 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1838 times:

Are you guys joking ? That's 2 people praising the London subway.....

Outdated, small, unreliable, expensive, dangerous, filthy ...
any other adjectives welcome.



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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 13, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1828 times:
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Outdated, small, unreliable, expensive, dangerous, filthy ...
any other adjectives welcome.


I use the underground all the time and i can tell u you it's not dangerous, it's not filthy and small. It might be expensive but the positives outweigh the negatives.



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User currently offlinePacificjourney From New Zealand, joined Jul 2001, 2734 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1826 times:

Must be a full moon over there !


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User currently offlineMCO-ATL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1803 times:

Bigfork, Montana..................LOL, I am kidding.

I would say Tokyo, Japan

MCO-ATL


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 16, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 1781 times:

Ryan - I'd disagree with you about Bangkok. I found that most of the skyscrapers weren't even finished (economic depression), some were dangerous due to manufacturers and contracters cutting corners to stay within tight budgets. Most of the city was dirty, full of traffic, old fashioned and sometimes frightening!! First time i've ever seen male hookers at midday... Also, people swimming in the river, children?? Same place that everyone dumps their sewage!! Not very nice...

Singapore is nice, but it has a very hollow atmosphere, almost none at all. Tokyo has terrible population, traffic problems. Plus there are still alot of very old buildings and poor living conditions.

Seoul, Kuala Lumpur are both pretty nice cities, Osaka in Japan is also nice (if its a City!!).

Sydney is also surprisingly futuristic, many new buildings, good transport system (the light rail by darling harbour), etc etc, nice underground/metro system.

Too many things.


User currently offlineAerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 1762 times:

I think I'm going to need to nominate my own town of San Francisco, CA.

-Computer operated underground Muni trains (complete with computerised voices).
-Nextbus tracking systems on transit vehicles to provide real-time arrival and departure information on a mobile phone.
-Digital parking meters.
-Fastrak transponders on windshields. Booth mounted readers instantly read the transponder and deduct the toll from an account. The driver doesn't even need to slow down.
-The Transamerica Pyramid, the SFMOMA building, Sony Metreon.
-San Francisco is a BIG regional transit hub with Caltrain, BART, Samtrans, Ferries and AC Transit in one small city.



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User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1727 times:

EGGD - with all due respect you probably haven't been to Bangkok in the last 2 years, during which it has been transformed with draconian anti-litter laws and the completion of skyscrapers/skytrain/subway system. It is certainly cleaner than somewhere like Tokyo at present, although nowhere near the sanitisation levels of Singapore.


I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16307 posts, RR: 56
Reply 19, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1724 times:

Bangkok? This city represents every urban nightmare! Third world poverty, uncontrolled growth, corruption, horrendous traffic, environmental devastation, a massive sex industry. No urban planners would ever emulate BKK in designing a city.


Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 20, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1725 times:

Also, as a daily user of the London Underground I'm with Pacificjourney on this one. It sucks! Sucks, sucks, sucks. Give me the Paris Metro anyday.


I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineGo Canada! From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2955 posts, RR: 11
Reply 21, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1721 times:

the london underground has more postives than negatives?

its expensive, often dirty, often overcrowed, the staff are mostly rude, there are too many stairs, a number of statiosn dont have escalators or if they dont they dont work and theres often a strike at least once a year.

the positives are that most trains do run on time and the new jubillee line is great, even if its massively over budget.

the underground is about to be part privitised which means things are likely to get worse judging by the experience of the main rail network.



It is amazing what can be accomplised when nobody takes the credit
User currently offlineTravelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3529 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1707 times:

This topic title makes me laugh. "Most Futuristic City"? Is that the city that you want to be, or the city that WILL be? Honestly, I think the best combination of the two is Los Angeles. Yeah, you laugh regarding the traffic. But find me a city that is not/ will not be dealing with traffic issues like LA is already dealing with them.

LA pretty much has the market on "most XXXX inhabitants outside of the country of XXXXX." More Vietnamese, Chinese, Mexicans, Japanese, Filipinos, and pretty much any Central American all call LA home outside of their own countries.

So yeah, multicultural, multilingual, crowded, smoggy, LA:

YOUR CITY OF THE FUTURE.


User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 23, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1682 times:

Hill Valley, California, in the year 2015...

-Hoverboards
-Flying Cars
-Holographic Sharks
-Jaws 19
-Self Drying Jackets





America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
User currently offline174thfwff From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1668 times:

Air Lingus said in reply number 17...
"-Fastrak transponders on windshields. Booth mounted readers instantly read the transponder and deduct the toll from an account. The driver doesn't even need to slow down."

Here in New York we have that. It's called EZ Pass. You can use it in of states like New Jersey, Mass, Delaware, New York, Penn....

Not trying to be a jack ass, but just telling you we have it in NY too.


As for the original post, I have to give props to Toronto. The city has changed a lot in the past few years. New buildings have been/are being constructed right now. Most of them are the glass and steel buildings that look really nice! But some parts are old, but it's changing!

-174th


25 Twaneedsnohelp : any other adjectives welcome. strike-prone 174th is right. EZPass allows American commutters in the Northeast to drive right through toll booths as se
26 Jcs17 : Every place has an Easy Pass system these days... Atlanta even has one, and they only have one toll in the entire STATE of Georgia (on 400, inside the
27 LH423 : Massachusetts also has a system like that, and has had so for some years. Basically, you pay for the transponder, and then every month you get billed
28 United777 : Singapore Shanghai Tokyo Hong Kong Seattle San Francisco Vancouver
29 Blink182 : I nominate Vancouver. blink
30 AerLingus : 174thfwff: It's been a few years since my last trip to New York. I didn't know it was being used so widely over there!
31 Co 757-300 : the EZ pass system is a complete failure. not enough people have it to make up for the huge expenses for installing all of the things at the toll boot
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