Panoramic Futures

 

In this projected future, efficiency is the utmost priority, made easier through a city that functions according to the needs of the population. The problems of climate change, congestion, and a rampant consumer society are all addressed. Autonomy is a result of living an efficient life through the use of an interconnected network.

We try to avoid the unavoidable; Susan Buck-Morss, in her essay, The City as Dreamworld and Catastrophe, addresses a sense of futility in seeking out a better, more efficient world: “Style has become eclectic, a melange of neo-, post-, and retroforms that deny responsibility for present history. They reproduce the dream-image, but reject the dream. In this cynical time of the “end of history,” adults know better than to believe in social utopias of any kind—those of production or consumption. Utopian fantasy is quarantined, contained within the boundaries of theme parks and tourist preserves… But what can be demanded of a new generation, if its parents never dream at all?”

This projected future is not a utopia, but a function and living organism of a city: it is a reflection of our own human bodies in relation to the environment. Biology is the answer here. It paints a pretty picture of how things can be with the help of technology.

Interference happens behind the scenes.

 

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