The Future (Summer 2013)
Increasingly, the future is anticipated as the point of culmination for current political struggles and urban inequalities. The future defines our present cities with impending political restructuring, new technologies and the looming threat of the catastrophic consequences of climate change. As we prepare for and begin to experience these alterations, many trends have developed in the field of urban planning, most likely changing our cities forever.
These alterations, both as engines of economic dynamism and as forces redefining human life will be pivotal in the form and workings of future cities. Are planners preparing for this future properly? How will cities be altered in the near and long term future as climate impacts accumulate? What is the future role of planning amidst new technologies and ways of life?