It may be an impossible question to even fathom for you and me, but the folks over at Berlin's Pinkcloud.dk design studio are asking what our world will look like when we're not so fixated on oil. The estimated 49,000 oil silos worldwide, the group argues, could be transformed into some pretty futuristic-looking homes.
You know how you know you've made it in life? When you're rich enough to afford not one, but two penthouses in New York's East Village and then have an architect come in and erect a steel slide to connect the two homes together. That's how.
When you design a city around a car, you end up with a sprawl — just look at Los Angeles or Houston. The architects at SOM are designing a green-minded city for China that will still let cars in, but the focus of the city is such that you won't really even need one, even if you're traveling all over China.
The Kingdom Tower, the world's largest tower planned hasn't even had its foundation laid down yet and it's already going to have to surrender its record to the new Azerbaijan Tower that will be built in Azerbaijan's capital Baku.
Come 2014, the world's tallest building — the Ghost Protocol-famous Burj Khalifa — will no longer be able to also claim that it has the world's fastest elevators. That honor will go to the Shanghai Tower in China, which will stand 2,073 feet with 128 floors, and have bullet-shaped elevators built by Mitsubishi that zip around as fast as cars.
Austrian architecture firm SOMA has this radical design for the skyline of a city in Taiwan: the "Multiple Natures" fibrous tower, a 1,080-foot spire that twists up into bulbous pods from a base of eight support stalks. Believe it or not, the concept isn't as far-fetched as it looks up front, either.
Twisted steel columns somehow manage to reflect an open, airy base as they rise 1000 feet into the sky, holding a forest garden. The ambitious architectural design, though made of modern material will mimic the look of a classic Taiwanese Banyan tree forest rising above the cityscape.
I'm not entirely sure what Tron does for a living. Plays video games and rides expensive motorcycles, I guess. And if I were Tron, I'd insist on a working environment like this one.
Yaohua Wang Architecture's single-family "Beijing House II" can only be described as alien. Its organic-like structure and the fact that it looks like some kind of Matrix machine of war from another galaxy smashed into the side of a building makes it all the more stimulating.
If you ever thought it would be cool to work in a place that looked like the sets in 2001: A Space Odyssey or Star Trek, then it's time to move to Atlanta and get a job with The SuperGroup. Working in their offices must be as close to working on Discovery One or the USS Enterprise as you're likely to get.