The point is to engage!
futurama redux magazines
A four-volume set of magazines to accompany the first five years of FUTURAMA REDUX, a research & design project exploring the future of mobility, cities, and civilization.
This collection of magazines complements the research & design project FUTURAMA REDUX – urban mobility after cars & oil. It follows the old meaning of magazine as a storehouse, in this case of information, connections, and possibilities.
The intended audience is anyone interested in healthy, meaningful, sustainable futures who recognizes that mobility systems have an important role to play in the societal transformations necessary for such futures to be realized.
The information provided herein, therefore, is meant to be used. Consider it, discuss it, enact it, challenge it – the point is to engage.
Flip through the four magazines below!
BACK TO THE FUTURAMA
This issue takes us back to the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair, where a bold vision of a prosperous future built on a foundation of motor vehicles changed the world by integrating ways of moving, building, behaving, and thinking. We then look at the rapid transformation of much of the world into a real-life FUTURAMA before considering some of the costs this change has incurred.
THE END OF THE ROAD
This issue engages the forces that will make the continuation of our real-life FUTURAMA challenging or impossible in the future. In a question & answer format, we dive into scientific knowledge of climate change, the end of the fossil fuel era, its impact on mobility and the potential role of urban mobility as a change leader, and the systemic transformations triggered by climate change, decarbonization, and postcarbon mobility.
CHOOSING A SUSTAINABLE POSTCARBON FUTURE
This issue considers some of the changes that postcarbon transition entails. It begins with an essay on the ways ideas shape actions. This is followed by three types of changes that we can make: to adopt a mindset consistent with postcarbon conditions; to prepare cities and city life for a sustainable future; and to leverage streets and urban mobility systems as catalysts for transformation. We finish up with a closer look at the potential for postcarbon transition in Vienna, Austria.
A FUTURAMA REDUX
This issue builds on the previous three: if we turned the world into a real-life FUTURAMA, and if that world is no longer tenable, and if we choose to transition to a postcarbon world, then how can we begin to imagine what that new world might look and feel? We start with guest contributor Jürgen Furchtlehner, who sees postcarbon transition as an opportunity to realize the potential of urban public space. Then Peter Norton reminds us how important the stories we tell really are. This leads us to some lessons that can be learned from the FUTURAMA, and finally to participatory futuring as employed by Smarter Than Car to reimagine the FUTURAMA for the postcarbon era.
more projects in the overview