A Futuristic City Larger Than Manhattan Is Being Built In The Philippines

Could this be what all future cities look like?

The Philippines is hoping to build a "city of the future" just 75 miles from Manila, a city known for having the worst traffic on Earth and some serious pollution issues.

New Clark City, though, could very well be the opposite. It's designed to be a futuristic, environmentally friendly, low-pollution city equipped with driverless cars, a sports complex, green space, drones and reduced energy usage. And it'll be bigger than Manhattan.


The development is a private-public government project being backed by partners such as Singapore's urban-planning firm Surbana Jurong and Based Conversion and Development Authority. Along with the Philippine government, they are hoping to build not just a new city — but reshape the surrounding areas.

A depiction of the plans for New Clark City in the Philippines. Courtesy of Surbana Jurong 

"Driverless cars probably would be introduced into there, and therefore requirements for car parking will be lessened," Surbana Jurong CEO Heang Fine Wong told CNBC's "Street Signs." The driverless cars would run on electric instead of fuel. 

Reached by A Plus, Surbana Jurong representatives were not available for comment on the development, but offered renderings and some updates.

New Clark City would be considered a "twin city" to Manila, but it will aim to harness new technology to develop in a more advanced and efficient way. The $14 billion development would ideally lure in foreign investors who would move into the city, and the Philippine government is planning to move some of their offices from Manila to New Clark. The 36 square miles of the city should be able to house up to two million people, it says in the project plan.

Interestingly, it will also have a five district or borough division like New York City. These districts, though, will have a specific function: government, business, education, agriculture and recreation, Business Insider reports. Other features of the city make it an ideal place to live: the lowest elevation is 184 foot above sea level, keeping it relatively safe from flooding. Two-thirds of the city is set to be reserved for green space, which developers hope will reduce carbon emissions.

Construction in New Clark City in the Philippines. Surbana Jurong

Wong said he hopes New Clark functions as a twin city to Manila, and hopes it will reduce congestion there. The government is also planning infrastructure projects, such as a potential rail line, to link the two cities together. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed by 2021. 

"You'll gradually see Manila becoming a different type of city," Wong said. "And in New Clark City, you'll see new technology companies coming through... All these things need to be planned. You need that network of communication."


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