Qatar Steel Corp. recently commissioned futurist and designer Syd Mead to produce a vision of what the company’s home city of Doha might look like sometime in the future. Mead produced the above painting depicting a city with huge towering sculptural skyscrapers. He also proposes whale shaped airships gliding around the city. A series of five inverted cones topped with parks and even small lakes make up one of the more interesting pieces of architecture proposed.
Mead has made a career out of projecting the future on to paper. Nearly five decades ago he produced a groundbreaking series of books for US Steel which offered a glimpse of transportation and the urban landscape in the future. Mead has also worked on the production design of many films including Blade Runner, Aliens, Tron, and 2010. His latest newsletter includes an interview with filmmaker Ridley Scott who reveals he’s looking to possibly work with Mead on his next sci-fi film.