13 ominous ‘visions’ of late 21st-century futuristic cities by French artist Paul Chadeisson

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“In the grim darkness of the future, there is only war” – the Warhammer 40K quote seems somewhat appropriate to the grave ‘industrial’ tone of the cities of the future. Conceptualized and sketched by French concept designer Paul Chadeisson (who works for video game company Dontnod Entertainment), most of the artworks were done for the action-adventure game Remember Me. In any case, the images do paint a pretty dark side of unmitigated city planning, especially when the sordid ambit is dotted with crumbling landmarks, dilapidated skyscrapers and those contrasting yet decadent neon lights.

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Showcasing one of the eminent landmarks of our times, the view to the Eiffel Tower is certainly not what one might hope for. The noxious smog and the unsightly yet imposing structures around the 19th century marvel of ‘engineering’ makes for a forbidding yet futuristic setting of Paris.

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Another distressing tableau, and this time it depicts the dystopian Times Square in New York City. The corrupt creepers and the dour dilapidation have already set in, as the human soldiers battle it out against unknown enemies.

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Seedy squalor and degraded establishment have swarmed over the once-noble Arc de Triomphe – the imposing 50 m (164 ft) high ‘victory’ monument of Paris from the early 19th century that took almost 30 years to complete. The grand Champs-Élysées avenue has seemingly also made way for a cramped yet high-traffic waterway.

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Finally, a prim and proper image that perhaps shows the entrance to the subway. We can also see artificially intelligent robots taking up the menial jobs of sweeping the streets.

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The emphatic 83 metres (272 ft) high Sacré-Cœur Basilica is peeking from the distance as a slice of ‘paradise’. But the stark reality hits us on the closer end, as we can make out the repugnant rubbish strewn across the alley street – that ultimately ends at a somber road block at a proximate distance.

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The signature 18th century residence and cafes of Paris draped in futuristic displays, line the ubiquitous waterway that has supplanted the conventional roads.

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Appalling metallic contrivances, seedy neon lights and revolting islands of trash – yes, the Paris of the future is certainly an over-densely populated city.

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