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Life After Carbon: Imagining the City of the Future

Malka Older

  • Faculty associate at Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society

Andrew Dana Hudson

  • Speculative fiction writer and sustainability researcher

Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry

  • Founding co-directors of the Land Art Generator

Joey Eschrich

  • Editor and program manager for the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University

Clark Miller

  • Director of ASU’s Center for Energy & Society

In "The City in History," Lewis Mumford argued that “The chief function of the city is to convert power into form, energy into culture, dead matter into the living symbols of art, biological reproduction into social creativity.” Yet, when we imagine the post-carbon city, we often focus solely on the technological foundations of its future—the streets, the cars, the power and water systems—instead of its forms of living, culture, and creativity. In this webinar, some of today’s most ambitious thinkers about the future of techno-human societies will share their insights into how we can go further to systematically explore what it might mean to be human inhabitants of divergent technological futures, and how we can learn from those explorations to better navigate the paths from the present toward futures that might be worth inhabiting.

Series sponsored by:
Center for Energy & Society
School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies Center
Sustainable Cities Network

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
9-10:30 a.m. AZ time, via Zoom