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Saturday 12th March 2011

  • How Does SciFi Influence Our Future Cities?

    by Igor Schwarzmann, Adam Greenfield and Jo Guldi

    How do you imagine the future of our cities?

    Flying cars like in 5th Element or maybe fully automatic car systems like in Minority Report? A lot of green spaces like on the Star Trek version of future Earth or maybe more like the dark, wet streets in Blade Runner? Will we live on a planet that resembles Star Wars' Coruscant city-planet idea or will it be something stick to our mix of urban and rural environments? Is something like Cisco's New Songdo in South Korea more fiction or reality? How would most people perceive IBM's Smart Cities plans?

    Currently, there is almost no topic discussed as intensely as the future of urban environments. No wonder, since studies show the projection that by 2050 almost 75 percent of the then 9 billion people on this planet will live in megacities. We want to compare the current developments with the ones we know from fiction, because we're highly influenced by those science fiction images that swirl in our heads.

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Saturday 12th March

    In Salon F/G, Hilton Austin Downtown

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