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Future Cities

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Published Nov 30, 2015 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 18 Contributors

    18 photos selected by

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    Seattles mix of new and vintage architecture is one of the reasons I love to be there.

    #twilight #travel #train #seattle #vintage #transportation #subway #monorail #commuters #ngmcreate #ngmcreate_1 #ngmcreate_2 #ngmcreate_3

    With projections that show that 75 percent of the world’s population will be living in cities by 2050, people that live in all types of community—urban, suburban, or rural—will be affected by this unprecedented human migration. Governments at every level will have to become smarter about how resources like water, land, and energy are allocated and used. Issues like housing and transportation will require a new way of thinking to make the most of current infrastructures, and cities will have to find ways to handle the influx of residents.

    It’s critical that we all have a voice in these decisions. Learn more about how you can become part of the conversation in our ongoing Great Energy Challenge. And thanks to everyone who took part in this assignment!

    A walk into the future. The new OHSU Collaborative Life Sciences Building opened recently in Port...

    #city #building #architecture #green #urban #places #environment #future #futurecities #builttowalk #urbanheights

    Editor's Note

    Seeing this in black and white helps draw your attention to the lines and patterns—and allows you to get lost in the scene. It reminds me of an M.C. Escher print because you don’t know which way is... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    Art in the underground from Stockholm

    #architecture #urban #travel #traffic #stop #stockholm #cityscapes #tunnelbana

    Editor's Note

    I feel like I’ve entered a subterranean world on the planet Mars. The artificial lights reflected... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    Flying over Osaka city on one of the "floating" escalators of Umeda Sky City, a transparent tunne...

    #blue #city #night #light #osaka #japan #citylights #long_exposure

    Editor's Note

    What’s the light source at the end of this tunnel? Where am I going? The blurred neon lights and shaky background add to my overall feeling of unease—knowing it’s a floating escalator between two s... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    Hong Kong is the second most densely populated cities in the world. With the overall density of 6...

    #city #building #night #living #apartment #housing #tetris #hong_kong #urbanheights

    Editor's Note

    The off kilter angle and distinctive perspective enables you to imagine living in this behemoth of an apartment building, just one soul in a sea of thousands, looking up at the night sky and dreaming.

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    Vertical Forest (by Stefano Boeri) is a pair of residential towers in the Porta Nuova district of...

    #trees #city #building #architecture #italy #milan #future #letsexplore

    Editor's Note

    The tight composition keeps the viewer guessing for just a minute about what they are looking at.... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    Although I have visited many areas in Hong Kong, for some reason I've never really explored t...

    #asia #sports #hong_kong #basket_ball

    aerial shot was taken over Toronto, Canada

    #aerial #canada #archictecture #letsexplore #city_landscape #urbanheights #backyardwarrior

    Social networks, chips and like, dependence on unnatural city, the future of the city merges with...

    #city #futurecities #ngmcreate #ngmcreate_1 #ngmcreate_2 #ngmcreate_3 #urbanheights

    Editor's Note

    A very creative shot! What a great idea to use technology itself to illustrate our future—for better or worse—they are intertwined.

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    In the future, people will live in structures underground that will soar high up into the skies. ...

    #rain #tunnel #cramped

    Editor's Note

    This looks like a movie still from the Hunger Games, a fictional world in which people are forced... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    The atmosphere inside Cloud Forest—a key attraction at Garden by the Bay Singapore—was surreal an...

    #travel #singapore #places #froggy #garden_by_the_bay #cloud_forrest

    Editor's Note

    The little bits of color that pop in this otherwise all-green misty world add visual interest. It’s up to us to make sure we won’t have to rely on a virtual rainforest in the future because there w... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    An artificial nature in an cafe. People love nature, but in future cities maybe we will see less ...

    #people #cafe #urbanization

    Editor's Note

    Layers in a photo can add multiple meanings to the image, as well as visual variety for the viewer to consume—different pathways for the eye to enter the frame and process the story. I love the flo... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    I took this image at Darlington Memorial Hospital, England, 11th November 2015 to illustrate the ...

    #greenenergy #electric_car #electriccharge

    I took this shot from the top of Shanghai's Lupu Bridge when it was still open to the public. To ...

    #asia #urban #china #shanghai #skyscraper #future #urbansprawl #concretejungle

    as a big city that never sleeps, the motion of traffic showed the rush hour how busy this city

    #landscape #malaysia #kuala_lumpur #kuala_lumpur_city_center #bukit_bintang

    Metroline Dubai

    #dubai #publictransport

    Editor's Note

    Dubai is definitely a futuristic looking city with its artificial islands, massive skyline of glass and steel towers and miles of gleaming metro lines. Many of the Dubai images submitted to this as... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    Nightscape of high-rise buildings viewed from the rooftop as the sea fog surrounding them, Busan,...

    #sea #bridge #fog #coast #korea #nightscape #skyscraper #rooftop #busan #highrise #haeundae #urbanheights

    Editor's Note

    The use of a wide-angle lens adds visual distortion to what is already an unusual skyline with the curvy and oddly shaped towers. Add in the fog and some artificial lights and you’ve got a futurist... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    Rushing hour of workday in the evening in Japan

    #osaka #japan #rushhour

    Editor's Note

    In the future, will we become a throng of faceless beings moving en masse in the crowded city corridors? The layers in this image keep me interested while I ponder our fate.

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    About the Editor
    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot
    Monica C. Corcoran is an award-winning photography producer with 20 years experience in visual storytelling. She is a former director at National Geographic for the Your Shot photo community.

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