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Britain's Future Cities Predicted By Yesterday TV's Engineering Panel

26/05/2015 11:51 BST | Updated 26/05/2015 11:59 BST

The British landscape could soon include 3D printed homes, underwater cities and spaceports that will get us to moon and Mars.

Well, when experts say 'soon' they really mean around 100 years. Not that long then.

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A panel of engineers predicted that "super deep basements," floating cities, rooftop farms, 3D printed homes and easy space travel are the types of architectural advancements that will most likely change our landscape in the future.

At the top of this slightly bizarre but very cool list are underground living spaces and based on the illustrations, these advancements look nothing like the basements we've come across in our lifetime.

Situated underneath the Houses of Parliament, not sure why MPs get first dibs on futuristic living spaces, this "super deep basement" is an expansive glass palace that will house gardens, parks, swimming pools, gyms, hotels, a football pitch and a secure bunker. These extravagances will supposedly help them will all that late night voting and presumably remove the need for second homes. A win for science and politics.

The second most likely engineering feat to grace our landscape will be floating cities that appear to be paying homage to Star Trek's USS Enterprise. The cities designed to solve the problem of inner city crowding, will be formed of interconnected glass pods that aim to reflect sea life, which will presumably be conserved during construction.

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Rooftop farms, complete with grazing cows and sheep will also become the norm as we run out of space. One vital point the engineers did not explain however, is how these farm buildings will prevent the smell of manure wafting into the offices. Maybe 100 years from now manure will also change to smell like a meadow.

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Spaceports will also pop up on our streets, making trips to Mars or the moon as easy as getting your morning coffee from Starbucks.

The predictions were made ahead of a new TV series 'Impossible Engineering,' which premieres tonight at 9pm on Yesterday.

One of the panellists, Dr. Rhys Morgan, Director of Engineering and Education at the Royal Academy of Engineering said: “Breakthroughs in engineering work in the same way as breakthroughs in literature, music and lifestyle – an accumulation of different discoveries (or influences) is required to create the final catalyst for a new discovery."