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China May Be Home to One of Those Futuristic Comic Book Cities

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by Jason Dorrier, Singularity Hub

Many of the world’s cities are hundreds, even thousands of years old. They evolved from the bottom up as populations changed and demanded change. A new road here, new building there. The result is striking and wild—a kind of physical history.

But what if you could start New York or London from scratch?

To see skylines of the future—look east. Perhaps nowhere is urban growth happening more rapidly than in China. Home to a burgeoning list of megacities (population over 10 million), the country is wide open to ambitious and imaginative urban design.

In a recent contest, the city of Shenzhen went looking for creative proposals for a financial district (think London’s Canary Wharf) including three

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