Future Fiction – Challenging Permanence

Click above to see the full blog post by Stuart Candy.

Click above to see the full blog post by Stuart Candy.

Stuart Candy is the “Sceptical Futuryst”, which is a superb resource of content, opinions, case studies and process. I’ve just begun to go through the site in detail as Stuart is soon to be in Toronto at OCAD University, which is really great news. Below is a great example of futures thinking and design fiction presenting concepts to encourage dialogue away from accepted “norms”.

It’s not only that permanence need not be assumed, but impermanence can actually be embraced.

The above quote is from Stuart explaining the core thesis that the team of collaborators to used to imagine a future capital city of Australia that moves around the country, engaging different communities and encouraging ecological stimulus that can diffuse through the region.

NOTE: Am struggling to embed the document – click here to read.

Decentralized and Distributed

In biomimicry, “decentralized and distributed” is a principle that plays out in many ways. Most recently I was in discussions around materials development that spoke of active feedback/response that would allow function to be integrated physically. Previous to the natural model the thinking had focused on centralized digital sensor to process to action models which were too complex.

The model above of distributed politics, raises a number of amazing discussions. In Toronto there are huge tensions currently over the mayor, with a strong divide between downtown and outer suburb residents. Many debates have re-arisen over the success or failure of the most recent amalgamation that was meant to transform Toronto into a united and efficient single community. Perhaps literal physical flexibility would break down some of these walls?

In America there are huge issues of right and left, but also tensions between the north and south. Could physical transition and engagement encourage interactions that break down these divides? What if Washington was capable of moving every 4 years?

Great case study of design futures / fiction – and an intriguing connection to biomimicry. Very intriguing discussion to add to the Urban Ecology explorations.

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3 Comments on “Future Fiction – Challenging Permanence”

  1. Bruce Snaddon says:

    Hi Carl – this makes me think of the excellent ‘futuring’ work being done at Griffith University, Brisbane, by Prof Tony Fry http://www.griffith.edu.au/visual-creative-arts/queensland-college-art/qca-enterprise/urmadic-city-tony-fry
    He talks of the Urmadic City that is able to move as climatic conditions change.
    I attended his Hothouse workshop in Brisbane – there have been two since, one in Paris and another in Athens.

    • Carl Hastrich says:

      Thanks Bruce, I’ve only just started following Griffith. They have some really great stuff – wish I had have known when visiting there a few years back. Do you know of any specific thesis/graduate work case studies I should look into?


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