Behold: San Francisco in the 22nd Century

What will San Francisco be like 100 years from now? The History Channel sponsored a City of the Future contest for architects to show us their vision of Utopian metropolises from 2108, and the winner for the San Francisco version was IwamotoScott Architecture, conjuring up these wild hallucinations of a city run by geothermal power and tapping water from the city’s ubiquitous fog.

IwamotoScott envisions the city as Hydro-Net, using “Geothermal Mushroom” structures to extract heat and water from deep in the earth, and whimsical “Fog Flowers” to render moisture from the air and grow algae, which would then be turned into hydrogen for fuel. Zipping through underground tunnels are hydrogen-fueled hover cars, coursing through the multi-use veins of this future city that’s learned how to live without fossil fuels. Hope it’s earthquake-proof.

Check out the astonishing illustrations of the future world in the gallery below. Wow.





IwamotoScott Architects on Flickr, via History Channel and Inhabitat