Tag Archives: dystopia

Droning

Shared some brief thoughts and fears on drones and borders in Alphr and the New Statesman respectively (in great pieces by Thomas McMullan and Stephanie Boland). I’m sure there’s some Foucauldian combination/clash of the two developments awaiting us in the … Continue reading

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“The future will only contain what we put into it now.”

Here’s a piece I’ve written a piece on the future of cities for The Guardian.

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The Resilience of Cities

‘The future will be no different. Change is coming and the water is rising, but the apocalypse will be, as it has always been, continually postponed. We are haunted and fixated by often-outdated images of failed growth: the labyrinth of … Continue reading

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Forbes Interview

‘It’s true all utopias are dystopias for some, what is Dubai, or indeed Ancient Rome, for a slave but a glittering obscenity? Yet it is equally the case that all dystopias are utopias for a privileged self-appointed few. The real … Continue reading

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Post-Cyberpunk

‘Just as the utopian space-age future of the West in the 1950s passed unthinkably into the past with space shuttles entering museums, so too is the largely dystopian cyberpunk vision, at least aesthetically, becoming outmoded. One of the central inspirations … Continue reading

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Apocalypse Then: Georg Heym & the Art of Cultural Divination.

In Dante’s Inferno fortune tellers are confined to the second lowest level of hell. Their heads have been twisted backwards so they stagger about, “silent and weeping,” bumping into each other for all eternity. In a particularly wicked example of … Continue reading

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