The landscape of our cities in 2039

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  • A customer checks a Nest Labs Inc. digital thermostat on display at a Home Depot Inc. store in Emeryville, California.

    Smart technology has already enabled home owners to control utilities, temperature, even security from handheld devices. Here's what's next.

  • Boston's Public Gardens, together with the Boston Common, these two parks form the northern terminus of the Emerald Necklace.

    The neighborhoods of 2039 will be more environmentally friendly, with energy efficient amenities and people living closer to their jobs.

  • Empty apartment developments in the city of Ordos, Inner Mongolia, Sept. 12, 2011.

    Overdevelopment in the real estate sector has Chinese leaders working against a collapse.

  • The CEOs of PulteGroup and Lennar say technology, energy efficiency and space optimization will be priorities for the retirees of the future.

  • This modern green skyscraper in Bahrain is outfitted with wind turbines.

    The death of shopping malls and the rise of smart buildings are some ways the real estate landscape will change by 2039. Here's a glimpse of tomorrow.

  • Investors continue to buy up farmland like this in Bulgaria as a long-term investment plan.

    Looking for a long-term real estate investment with great upside potential? Farmland is appreciating at a record pace as the world population booms.

  • Shanghai, China.

    What will the global real estate market look like in 2039? Senior executives at some of the world's largest investment firms weigh in.

  • Cityscape of Shanghai, China.

    A historic migration is under way as the world's booming population moves to cities in search of opportunity. The trend should change society by 2039.

  • Twenty-five years from now, people will still aspire to own a home, but the issue will be how they come to buy one.

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