Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Londoners Will Be Living In 18-Mile High Skyscrapers With Their Own Space Ports By 2045

hewden1.jpg

No, we didn't stay up all night watching Back to the Future: Part II on a tequila-fuelled rampage and wake up with a vision of a near future.

Ian Pearson did.

A full time futurologist, Pearson has described what he believes the UK capital could look like in 30 years time for UK construction company Hewden, and it's probably going to do nothing for those rising rent prices.

If you thought BTTF made some wild predictions, you ain't seen nothing yet. Here's what Pearson includes in his future London:

  • 18-mile high skyscrapers, possible thanks to new advanced carbon building materials (the Shard is 0.2 miles high, by comparison)
  • Spaceports, sitting at the top of these 18-mile high buildings
future london
  • Box-shaped driverless cars (seen above), because this will maximise the use of space, rather than our currently wasteful curvy cars
  • Automated cycle-lanes that "will pull bikes along using linear induction motors and simple metal plates fitted to the bike"
  • Buildings connected by a "nervous system" of sensors, controlling heating and security
  • 3D-printed, prefabricated houses, built by robots
  • House robots. Everywhere
  • Building sites will still have some people working on them - but they'll be wearing super-strength exoskeleton suits for heavy lifting
  • Artificial Reality displays covering every building
robot builder

Some of which doesn't seem very practical.

An 18-mile high building would need some pretty fancy internal transport solutions, in addition to massively complicated waste disposal, food delivery - with Pearson describing them as "small cities in their own right".

It's not altogether different from what MetropolisFuturama and Fifth Element have splashed all over our screens.

Here's hoping someone comes up with a proper, fly-anywhere hoverboard. 

Metropolois

Related

control.png

This Creepy Gadget Lets You Control Someone Else's Body

creed3.jpg

What You'll Find In Assassin's Creed's London

batmobile2.jpg

You're Going To Want To Go For A Ride In This Batmobile Go-Kart

cern3.jpg

The Large Hadron Collider Might Be About To Find A Parallel Universe

gang-maps.jpg

Scary Maps Show All The Areas Of London That Are 'Run' By Gangs

tube1.jpg

This 1960s Video Proves The Underground Has Always Been Antisocial

Comments

More

If you own any of these video games you're sitting on a fortune

Here's hoping you were a hoarder

by David Cornish
09 Dec 2016

iPhone 8 rumours suggest it'll have a revolutionary curved screen

And it could be coming out NEXT YEAR!!!

by Jamie Carson
07 Dec 2016

Amazon is launching checkout-free shop where you simply walk out

Goodbye stubborn self-checkout machine, hello freakishly smart tech

by Emily Badiozzaman
06 Dec 2016

The Last Of Us 2 and nine more new Playstation games set for 2017

A certain spin-kicking marsupial is back, too!

by Chris Sayer
05 Dec 2016

New app will allow you to check the potency of your sperm

Get to know your baby makers up-close and personal

by Chris Sayer
05 Dec 2016

WhatsApp is about to stop working for millions of smartphone users

And it's bad news for Nokia or Blackberry users

by Tom Fordy
02 Dec 2016

Delete yourself from the internet with this handy website

And just like that, he was gone.

by Sam Diss
28 Nov 2016

Get on ‘Sindr’ the Catholic Church’s confession app

Swipe to find God in your area

24 Nov 2016

Apple to replace faulty batteries on iPhone 6s devices

21 Nov 2016

These are the worst passwords on the web

Best check yours isn't one of them

17 Nov 2016