Mark Fogiel2020/02/24

Ecotopia 2121

Love this project, a book/website conceived and coordinated by Alan Marshall, an environmental social science professor at Mahidol University, Thailand. One hundred future cities are imagined, ecologically balanced and adapted to fit their environment.  Especially love the illustrations of the visions. Here's Greenville, South Carolina. Check out more at

Stumbled upon this project after I named one of my project concepts "Ecotopia Redux," after the Ernest Callenbach's 1975 novel. Ecotopia Redux imagines getting together a team of biologists, ecologists, indigenous tribal members, anthropologists, sociologists, technologists, futurists, designers, architects, urban planners, etc. and creating a detailed setting for a film that superimposes the highest of ecologically benign tech, projecting existing but transformed cities, towns and indigenous habitations on a restored continent-wide natural environment. The film environment would be transposed to an open-source global project, open to those interested around the world to create concepts of ecologically and socially balanced habitations around the world. The possibilities seem endless. Scroll down to near the bottom of the Natural Science Data Visualization and Communication Projects page to read intro paragraphs on a possible story and further description of the project.

We all have been born into a world not of our own making, constructed of ideas brought to reality and often reflective of the power and wealth structure that pushes, strengthens, and perpetuates itself through its creations and sales. Much of it is marvelous and has done much to elevate the human condition. But much is also reflective of amplified human selfishness and greed, and has led to the current climatic and ecological crises we presently face. Are we ready to consciously and collectively move the design process towards one that reflects our highest understanding, that sustains the ecosystems of which we are a part and elevates the wellbeing of its human inhabitants?

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