1/6 rambling paraphrased summaries of the talks given at the Under Tomorrow’s Sky public think tank, June 16th in MU. Each speaker introduced their ideas for the workshop session on the 17th, which will shape the model city for the exhibition.
Host of the event whom you may know from Tomorrows Thoughts Today. Did an excellent job of not exploding while wrangling multiple livestream & powerpoint issues.
The evening is intended to open the dialogue on the city Under Tomorrow’s Sky, engaging the think tank to explore emerging futures, forming an outline for the model city that is to be constructed and exhibited at MU. To demonstrate what we will not be dealing with, we open with an edited version of the video above, showing the 1964 Futurama 2 exhibit.
Those old futures do not concern us, as we imagine wandering amidst the ruined cities of futures past. The lifeless, stripped corpse of an Archigram walking city with it’s belly slumped in the dust, the overgrown ruinporn that remains of what was once Corbusier’s Radiant City. The futures of our youth, promised to us by the likes of the Usborne Book of the Future have not come to pass.
“The physical city as we know it is kind of destroying itself”, says Liam. It is now defined by invisible boundries, airspace, traffic flows, data flows. Is the city even a city anymore? The idea of the speculative city has been abandoned for some time, but now amidst our current collapse the future is a possibility again. There’s a new city under tomorrows sky, we’re going to figure out what that might be.