New York City 2259

Procedural with their impressive cityengine is certainly a company to watch, we have had a chance to use their demo and the ability to import GIS layers, combined with the rapid creation of cities is certainly impressive. As such their work on New York City 2259 is well worth a look.

NYC 2259 by is the extrapolation of New York city 250 years into the future, inspired by the great 1998 motion picture The Fifth Element.

Today’s street network of NY, imported from, has been extended to a bigger area, available due to the lower water levels in the future.
The example includes grammar rules to create futuristic skyscrapers in two levels of detail as well as flying cars – press play below:

Take a look at the NYC 2259 page for full details…

Author Bio

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.


  1. Anonymous - April 15, 2009

    love the swiss accent

  2. Mikko - April 15, 2009

    “…available due to the lower water levels in the future.”
    I thought sea levels were rather on the rise… Impressive shots anyway.

  3. Anonymous - April 15, 2009

    swiss german cheese accent

  4. E - April 19, 2009

    If NYC blgs look like that 250 yrs forward, did all architects die and engineers take over?

  5. Anonymous - April 21, 2009

    250 years ago we lived in timber buildings (or brick if you could afford it), so it would be hard to imagine we would still build with conventional methods (and what appears to be concrete) in 250 years as shown in these images.

  6. Anonymous - April 21, 2009

    how about the car traffic mentioned? It seems the flying cars are basically following the ground level road system in well defined stacks. It could be a solution. In the movie I seem to recall vertical trains too.

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