What do Uber flying cars, Hoversurf drone taxis, Amazon’s giant mothership zeppelin, the Soviet city in the sky and these visions of high-elevation life have in common?

Apart from being visionary proposals that are hard to distinguish from science fiction, they are also inspiration for ‘Cities for a Flying World’ – an international competition launched by Shukhov Lab (from the HSE Graduate School of Urbanism in Moscow) that asks you to take a look at how flying technologies will change the way we work, live and play in the city.

Blade Runner 2049 (June 2017) has its own fleet of future cars

Blade Runner 2049 is out in June

In the cult 80s film Blade Runner, the city of Los Angeles of 2019 sees Spinners fly above streets clogged with people. Blade Runner 2049 has its own fleet of futuristic cars to look forward to.

But what will cities really look like when citizens have flying vehicles? Can buildings be built from the top down? How will life be improved in poor neighbourhoods by drone technology? How could new modes of vertical transportation impact the development of cities? Could there be aerial zeppelin communities and how will they be organised?

We’re proud to be part of the team asking these questions in a competition that celebrates the launch of the New Masters programme ‘Prototyping future cities: city and technology‘ – which will take place in the Shukhov Lab for Prototyping Future Cities in the centre of Moscow. The contest is open to architects, engineers, planners, designers, students and experts from any discipline who want to contribute to progress in making the world more habitable – by developing ideas that could change the way we design, build and live in cities.

Enter here ► The contest got off to a flying start (sorry) on Monday 29 May – and you have until 7 November 2017 to register with your proposals for the world to come. Projects can be designs for a new city, building, device, social platform or all of the above.

Let your imagination fly.