Will ''The Line'' Be a Place to Live in the Future

“The Line” — a 40-foot-tall, 650-foot-wide futuristic desert city — traversable from one end to the other in 20 minutes and housing nine million people. What is this place? 

“The Line” — a 40-foot-tall, 650-foot-wide futuristic desert city — traversable from one end to the other in 20 minutes and housing nine million people. What is this place? 

A project that was projected to cost 500 billion dollars, but recent accounts say it’s now more like 1 trillion dollars. 

The Line can be found in Saudi Arabia and is part of their NEOM Project. The city is projected to run entirely on renewable energy.

The city will be free from roads and boasts a high-speed train from one end to the other. Citizens will be able to walk just five minutes to reach social centers and will happily enjoy a zero-emissions lifestyle.

This futuristic city will be structured on three different levels. Level one will have parks filled with trees and parks for walking. The second level will be for shopping and other business properties. The third level will be the high-speed transit system.

AI will also be a feature within this line city to make the lives of residents easier, and it is planning to be the first city with more robots than humans! 

All of this does, of course, raise some questions. The desert can get up to 131 degrees Fahrenheit - and the mirror wall reflects the light, creating high heat zones that will fry anything that comes into its path. Doesn’t exactly sound ideal. 

How will the city be cooled? Will the roof be open as it is in the renderings? If so, how do they plan to keep it at a livable temperature?

Despite all the millions of questions this prospective city brings up, they have already begun construction. 

There are two more regions planned for the NEOM Project. Oxagon will be a hexagonal shape on the coast of the Red Sea and is planned to have the first fully autonomous port logistics system.   

The third region, Trojena, will be built in the mountains. They tout Trojena as a place of ' experience’ — where nature and architecture will be intertwined, and will host many events, such as music festivals, and will have skiing and other outdoor activities. 

So, what do you think? Are you intrigued? Would you be willing to live in one of NEOM’s three regions? Let’s see what will happen when The LIne is complete.