Dream London & Other City Tales

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Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
5/25/2014 4:29:45 PM
User Rank City Slicker
Re: Imagining the future city
They had some nice micro apartments in "The fifth Element"

5/24/2014 1:37:28 PM
User Rank Blogger
London etchings
Gustave Dores etchings from the 1790s book 'Blanchard Jerrold's London: A pilgrimage' did much to make the Victorians take action on poverty. So yes its amazing the power of images to effect social change. 

5/15/2014 2:19:47 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Imagining the future city
One of my favorite novels was B.F. Skinner's Walden II. Unfortunately, his social theories didn't find much long-lived favoritism as the decades since the book was written turned to a more consumeristic look. Skinner wanted to "design" our communities to use positive reinforcement to guide our behavior and how we chose jobs and even actual community design.

Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
5/12/2014 12:51:06 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Imagining the future city
Bladrunner: great example of a negative vision of the future city. Also Ballard's High Rise, which I mentioned in my latest blog.

It's much harder to think of positive visions of future cities which have actually informed urban planning. Positive visions of cities are tragically lacking, considering how important cities are going to be to us in the future. Mark Helprin's Winters Tale has some positive elements of a dream New York.

5/12/2014 4:03:01 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Imagining the future city
Thanks for getting me thinking. One city imagined that I always liked -- though perhaps not linked to any real city -- is the one in The Fifth Element where Bruse Wills resides. That has some cool technology and flying cars! The most moody imagined city I can think of (linked to a real one) is the LA of the future pictured so exquisitely in Bladerunner, one of the greatest movies of all times. Turning this around a little bit, there is one imagined city of the past in LOTR which comes to mind based on a town of the present, or at least it has certainly seemed that way to me.

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