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10 futuristic cities you'd want to live in

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

10 futuristic cities you'd want to live in

The city best known for its traditional windmills is also one of the most futuristic cities in the world. Most of Amsterdam is below sea-level and built on reclaimed land, so for a millenium the Dutch have been managing their impending modern day Noah’s Ark disaster with an increasingly complex network of dams. Houses start almost 15-feet below the water and a failure of the dams would flood the whole city in 48 hours.

However, in order to keep up with the increasing population and possibly rising sea levels, they’ve embarked on a billion-dollar expansion project called Ijburg - which includes 150 floating houses. Accompanying these floating homes are another eight manmade islands - this time reclaimed all the way from the seafloor up to four feet above sea-level.

The community of floating houses is a test of concept for larger scale floating buildings, which include full apartment blocks and even skyscrapers. Along with this engineering marvel, Amsterdam is also home to the world’s first 3D-printed house experiment. 

Best case for living: A city that defies the natural order of events and outwits rising sea levels looks set to be the last city standing when the world ends.

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