Are We There Yet? A Status Update on the Cities of the Future

PlanIT Valley, Masdar City, Songdo - the names of these bold visions elicit past promises of a smart and sustainable future. Eric Jaffe rounds up the latest news on the progress of the world's new urban utopias.

With flashy renderings, bold visions, and effervescent marketing schemes, a multitude of utopian visions of have come and gone over the past decade. Of the myriad promises of melding cutting-edge technology, sustainability, and design, which are still on track and which have yet to put a shovel into the ground? Eric Jaffe investigates the status of four of the most promising plans: PlanIT Valley (Portugal), Masdar City (United Arab Emirates), Konza Techno City (Kenya), and Songdo (South Korea).

There's mixed news from the land of dreamers: though the projects have faced their share of obstacles, all are still committed to their ultimate completion. 

Full Story: How Are Those Cities of the Future Coming Along?

Comments

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $199
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $14.95 a month
DVD Cover of The Story of Sprawl

The Story of Sprawl

See how America changed shape in this collection of historic films that visually document how sprawl evolved.
$29.99 for 2-DVD SET

Wear your city with style!

100% silk scarves feature detailed city maps. Choose from six cities with red or blue trim.
$55.00