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The Ecotopia 2121 Project

Goal: Using scenario art, the 22nd century futures of 100 geographically-real cities across the globe are predicted.

Date: 1 January 2013 - 17 October 2021

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Alan Marshall
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I'm ever so pleased to get an invite from the Bauhaus Museum in Germany to exhibit the 100 designs of the Ecotopia 2121 project depicting 100 super-green cities set 100 years into the future -- all part of the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus' first architectural production.
 
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I'm delighted to be invited by the Indonesian Government to be a Speaker at the World Conference on the Creative Economy held in Bali in early October -- where I'll be on the "Future of the Creative World" panel with "reddit" co-founder Alexis Ohanian and Japan's Minister of Digital Economy, Karen Makishima.
 
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"Ecotopia 2121", the book, gets a mention in a list of noteworthy 'Solarpunk' books in this Comfama article, see: www.comfama.com/bibliotecas/historias/nuevas-lecturas/articulo-solarpunk/ (in Spanish).
 
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An article about the 100 cities of the Ecotopia 2121 project appears in the latest edition of the Terra Projects online magazine (in French) . See here: https://www.laterredufutur.com/accueil/notre-monde-en-2121/
 
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The film of the project's methodology "The Literary Method of Urban Design" is to be screened at the EDUKINO film festival at Zacheta, the National Gallery of Contemporary Art in Warsaw, Poland, on November 4th.
 
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The Indonesian online magazine 'Frekuensi Antara' contrasts and compares the Space Utopia of Amazon's Jeff Bezos with the Green Utopia of our Ecotopia 2121 project in an article titled: "Masa Depan Dalam Berbagai Alternatif". See: Masa Depan Dalam Berbagai Alternatif (frekuensiantara.com)
 
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The Piazzapulita show (from Italian TV channel LA7) report on 'SanDiego 2121', a future Californian submarine city predicted by the Ecotopia 2121 project (as an answer to sea-level rise induced by climate change):
 
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The popular Middle East magazine "Sayidaty" reported on the Ecotopia 2121 project (in Arabic) -- including an online gallery. See: بالصور.. كيف سيبدو العالم في عام 2121 | مجلة سيدتي (sayidaty.net)
 
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Representing the Green Utopia section of the new 'Grist Cli-Fi Glossary' is "Ecotopia 2121". See: From Afrofuturism to ecotopia: A climate-fiction glossary | Fix (grist.org)
 
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A new book by Belgian philosopher Mark Coeckelbergh entitled "Green Leviathan or the Poetics of Political Liberty" (Routledge, 2021) explores the limits of freedom in a world challenged by Climate Change and AI. Important stuff! I'm happy to note it also features one of my Asian urban landscape pics (namely, Tokyo 2121) from the Ecotopia 2121 project.
 
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The latest volume of "Okologisches Wirtschaften" is devoted to exploring the concept of Utopia, with a piece on the Abu Dhabi case study from the Ecotopia 2121 project. See: IÖW: Utopisieren: Die neue Ausgabe von »Ökologisches Wirtschaften« lädt dazu ein, zukunftsfähige Ökonomien zu erdenken (ioew.de)
 
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"Design Diffusion" talks about the return of the London Design Biennale this summer, featuring "London 2121" from the Ecotopia 2121 project: https://designdiffusion.com/en/2021/05/04/london-design-biennale-2021-is-back/…
 
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A new blogpost about the 'Green Future' of Bulgaria's "sea-capital" is available on the project website, titled: "Varna 2121 -- An Incorruptible Garden Utopia" (www.ecotopia2121.com)
 
Alan Marshall
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The Ecotopia 2121 Project details the futures of 100 cities across the globe as though they've somehow overcome all the grave environmental challenges our age and grown to become super-Green and super-ecofriendly. This month, we highlight the future of Birmingham, England.
Alan Marshall
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As requested by some educators, here's an extract from the 'London 2121' chapter of the project book "Ecotopia 2121: A Vision of Our Future Green Utopia".
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As requested by teachers around the globe, here's an extract from the London 2121 chapter of the project's book "Ecotopia 2121: Visions of Our Future Green Utopia".
 
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The Mexican-based website "DIDÁCTICA DE LAS ARTES VISUALES" features some of the furutre urban scenes from the Ecotopia 2121 project in their January blog posting, see:
 
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The Ecotopia 2121 project features in the online gallery of the London Design Biennale's "Design in an Age of Crisis" programme...see: https://londondesignbiennale.com/london-design-biennale-0…
 
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The Ecotopia 2121 project gets a mention in an article about 'Rebuilding for the Climate Crisis' published by the Policy Network. It is viewable at:
 
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The unique methodology employed within both 'The Ecotopia 2121 Project' and the 'Frankencities Project' is to be showcased at the 12th Kuala Lumpur Environmental Film Festival in October via a movie called 'The Literary Method of Urban Design'. See the movie poster attached or visit the Ecotopia 2121 project website for more information (www.ecotopia2121.com).
 
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Following it's screening at 9FilmFest, a Thai-version of the film explaining the methodology of T=the 'Ecotopia 2121' project is now publicly available here:
 
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The 'Save and Preserve' International Ecological Film Festival, sponsored by 'Ugoria State TV and Radio Company', will feature the Russian version of 'The Literary Method of Urban Design' within its international schedule early in June. This movie features some case study cities from 'The Ecotopia 2121 Project'
 
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The Russian première of the movie which includes the London 2121 case study from 'The Ecotopia 2121 Project' will take place next month at Дом кино, Saratov, as part of the 'Саратовские страдания' Documentary-Drama Film Festival.
You can find the trailer attached or here on YouTube:
 
Alan Marshall
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This article in 'Scroll.In' explains, briefly, the methodology used in the 'Ecotopia 2121' project (with the help of an educational movie).
 
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The magazine 'Londonist' publishes a 'Timeline of Future London' which includes 'London 2121' from the Ecotopia 2121 project...see here:
 
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National Geographic Indonesia covers the 'novel methodology' of the Ecotopia 2121 project. You can see the article and film online here:
 
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The latest issue of the French architecture magazine 'Avivre' features the work of the 'Ecotopia 2121' project.
 
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The 'Ecotopia 2121' book gets a colorful review in this (Turkish-language) article...
 
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A new illustrated Italian-language review of 'The Ecotopia 2121 Project' is available. You can get access to it here:
 
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A recent French-language review of the project has been published at: e-graine. The link to the review is: https://e-graine.org/ecotopia2121-projet-artistique-celebre-utopie/. Also, a recent Spanish-language review of Utopian Science Fiction, featuring artwork from the Ecotopia 2121 project, has been published by Hipertextual. The link to this article is: https://hipertextual.com/2018/07/mundo-mejor-es-posible-novelas-utopicas-ciencia-ficcion?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=feedpress.me&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+hipertextual. A list of reviews of the project in most other European languages is available here: http://www.ecotopia2121.com/single-post/2017/01/24/A-Preview-of-Ecotopia-2121
 
Alan Marshall
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In the wake of a great monsoon in Sri Lanka, and discussions about how to handle such storms, the designs of Ecotopia 2121 project get a mention in the 'Sunday Times' there.
Follow this link to the Sunday Times article:
 
Alan Marshall
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If you are looking for a quick 'intro' to The Ecotopia 2121 Project and your native tongue is Polish, you can access this Polish-language review here attached.
 
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The Ecotopia 2121 Project as previewed in a recent German-language edition of National Geographic.
 
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Here is a piece from Slovenia about the art and science of The Ecotopia 2121 Project.
 
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'The Ecotopia 2121 Project' is reviewed in a recent Asian-languages edition of National Geographic...
 
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Iran Daily, an English-language paper from Iran, recently published this attached article about Ecotopia 2121
 
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The Epoch Times asks:
"Akan Seperti Inikah Dunia Terlihat Tahun 2121 Dalam Mengatasi Kiamat Lingkungan?"
The full article (in Indonesian) is viewable for free at:
 
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In an article about peaceful places we'd all LIKE to be able  to travel to, Vanity Fair mentions the cities of 'Ecotopia 2121'. The article (in Italian) can be found here:
 
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In an article about future urban strategies, Forbes (Austria) introduces T'he Ecotopia 2121 Project' to its German-speaking readers like this:
So manch visionärer Denker blickt bereits mehr als hundert Jahre in die Zukunft. Das World Economic Forum stellt mit seinem Projekt „Ecotopia 2121“ 100 Städte vor, die allesamt zu „Green Utopias“ mutieren könnten. Ob es in Los Angeles 2121 aber wirklich keinerlei Autos und stattdessen nur mehr Straßenbahnen geben und Fußgänger und Radfahrer sich auf den umfunktionierten Autobahnen als „Greenways“ bewegen? Und, bereits viel dystopischer: Werden in Tokio aufgrund einer nuklearen Kernschmelze nur mehr wenige Familien in geschützten „moonbases” leben – und ein Hinaustreten nur mit Schutzanzügen möglich sein? Das muss sich erst zeigen. Ecotopia 2121-Koordinator Alan Marshall spricht jedenfalls von einem bewussten Gegenentwurf zu den heutigen technologischen Entwicklungen wie autonomes Fahren oder der Nutzung nuklearer Energien.
The article (also in German) can be found online at:
 
Alan Marshall
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The Ecotopia 2121 project is reviewed in National Geographic Italy this month...
"Queste città del futuro nascono dall’immaginazione di Alan Marshall, docente di Scienze sociali ambientali alla Mahidol University in Thailandia. Con l’aiuto di studenti universitari di tutto il mondo, Marshall ha immaginato , e ha raccolto queste visioni in un libro, Ecotopia 2121, che ha voluto pubblicare 500 anni dopo che Thomas More scrisse di un luogo immaginario e perfetto nel suo libro Utopia. «Il bello dell’impulso utopico è che le cose possono solo cambiare in meglio», dice Marshall."
The full article, in Italian, can be found here:
 
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NZZ Am Sonntag features a series of future cityscapes constructed by myself as part of The Ecotopia 2121 Project via the 'Fantasy Method of Urban Design' at Mahidol University's Department of Social Science. You can view them here:
 
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The 'Fantasy Method of Urban Design' is an experimental cross-disciplinary method that aims to predict the future social and technological forces impacting upon our cities, and to design such cities in line with these predictions. Utilizing fantasy is one way to expand the minds of design students beyond technical parameters or isolated spatial settings, and to expose them to a world of enlarged environmental narrative, social possibility, and political complexity. In this article, the Fantasy Method is described through three case studies inspired by three influential texts: 'Utopia', by Thomas More (1516); 'Frankenstein', by Mary Shelley (1818); and 'The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy', by Douglas Adams (1978). These case studies make use of these chosen works of fantasy not just as background ideas, but as ways to inspire narratives of change in the design of future cities. They show that to study the fantastic under the purview of future cities is not an escape into fantasy, but an active response to the many technological and industrial fantasies, both extravagant and excessive, that are so prevalent in our contemporary urban lives. (NOTE: The Fantasy Method of Urban Design was a key methodological approach in both the 'Ecotopia 2121' project and the 'Frankencities' project. For a preview of the Ecotopia 2121 project, see: http://www.ecotopia2121.com/single-post/2017/01/24/A-Preview-of-Ecotopia-2121. For a preview of the Frankencities project, see: https://www.frankencities.com/single-post/2017/12/07/FRANKENCITIES-A-PROJECT-OVERVIEW
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The futures of four cities across the globe, namely: Macau, Panama City, Brasov and Beijing, are outlined via a single graphic scenario with textual support. These futures are presented in utopian terms, whereby each city is projected to exist within a peaceful and happy state and within a pronounced degree of ecological harmony. Some explanation about how each city can get to this utopian status by the year 2121 is offered along with a description about the social and economic background that may be present then and there. (The scenarios and cityscapes from this academic paper are also depicted in visual and narrative form in the full length illustrated book of the project: "Ecotopia 2121" available from Arcade Publishers: NY.)
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The Museum of London has an exhibition entitled "London Visions" running till April 15th, 2018. Featured in this exhibition is a display from the Ecotopia 2121 project of London as a future Green Utopia. You can take a look at a preview of the exhibition here:
 
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An article about future cities, titled "This Is How Cities Of The Future May Deal With Climate Change", and which features Dr. Alan Marshall's 'Ecotopia 2121' project has just been published by 'MindBodyGreen'. You can view it for free at:
 
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The February issue of the Portuguese edition of National Geographic magazine reports on a number of the future cities designed within the context of the Ecotopia 2121 project. The article is in Portuguese and can be found here:
 
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The online science magazine ZMEScience has written up a piece about The Ecotopia 2121 Project and it's available for free viewing at:
 
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The Daily Mail has a piece about  the cities and scenarios of The Ecotopia 2121 Project at:
 
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National Geographic reports on The Ecotopia 2121 Project in their February 2018 issue. See extracts here:
 
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The New Statesman in association with the Centre for Cities published a preview article of 'The Ecotopia 2121 Project' on their Citymetric website. It is available for free viewing here: http://www.citymetric.com/horizons/heres-how-ecotopia-2121-re-imagining-life-earths-cities-2695 . Please note, the scenarios from this preview article in The New Statesman are published in full graphic detail and with full sociological and geographical explanation in the final book of the project published by Arcade Publishers: NY (see: http://arcadepub.com/arcadepub/arcadepub/titles/11740-9781628726008-ecotopia-2121).
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This Huffington Post piece about the Ecotopia 2121 project was published on the 500th anniversary of the release of the original Utopia book. In celebrating Utopia’s 500th birthday, the Ecotopia 2121 project is harnessing Thomas More’s 'Utopian' spirit to predict the futures of 100 real cities around the world - if they somehow managed to become super eco-friendly. See: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-conversation-global/these-six-utopian-cities_b_13764218.html The full sociologically-informed story of the scenarios listed in this article, plus their full-color graphic description, are printed in the book 'Ecotopia 2121'. See: http://www.ecotopia2121.com/the-book
Alan Marshall
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A short video outlining some of the cities of The Ecotopia 2121 Project has been released by the World Economic Forum on their Facebook page. You can check it out here:
 
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The Ecotopia 2121 Project has recently been featured by CNN, including eco-friendly predictions of future Los Angeles, future Tokyo, future Almaty and future London, as well as other large cities worldwide:
 
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The Ecotopia 2121 Project has a recent review article published about it in The Independent (UK):
 
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The main book of project, Ecotopia 2121: A Vision of Our Future Ecotopia -- in 100 cities, features on Resurgence magazine's '2016 Books of the Year' list, as compiled by well-known environmentalists in the UK and USA: http://www.resurgence.org/magazine/article4805-our-books-of-the-year.html
 
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This is a short article outlining 'Six Eco-Cities of the Future' which emerged from The Ecotopia 2121 Project, published by the World Economic Forum on the Environment Section of their website: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/12/six-visions-of-our-cities-in-the-future-from-tokyo-to-accra . (Please also note that the scenarios briefly described in this WEF article are fully discussed -- with 100 graphic illustrations -- and with 'in-depth' socio-geographical investigation within the main book of the project, titled "Ecotopia 2121" and published by Arcade Publ. NY.)
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There's a short piece in The Conversation about the Ecotopia 2121 project, at:
It includes this 'Scenario Art' pic of a Green Utopian southeast Asian town (see attached)
 
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This paper predicts the future of seven cities around the world, via the 'Scenario Art' method. The seven cities are: Minsk, Wellington, Los Angeles, Singapore, Salvador, Accra and New Amundsen. The paper can be accessed through the 'Resilience' journal website . (NB: The scenarios and cityscapes from this academic paper are also depicted in visual and narrative form in the full length illustrated book of the project "Ecotopia 2121", available from Arcade Publishers: NY.)
The future of five Asian cities is outlined with the help of a single graphic image each. These futures are presented in utopian terms whereby each city is projected to exist within some sort of planned or evolved peaceful setting that exists in socio-ecological harmony. In the vein of previous utopian imaginings, some explanation about how each city can get to this utopian status, by the year 2121AD, is offered, along with a description about the social and economic background that may be present then and there. The scenarios from this academic paper are depicted in visual and narrative form in the full length book of the project: "Ecotopia 2121"(see:www.ecotopia2121.com/the-book)
Imagining how our cities will evolve in the 22nd century gives food for thought on their sustainability. http://www.euroscientist.com/journeys-towards-ecotopia-2121/
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A review of the book 'Ecotopia 2121' has recently been published in the Times Higher Education:
 
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This paper present the future climate-changed socio-technological developments of four Asian cities using scenario art. (The scenarios and cityscapes from this academic paper are also depicted in visual and narrative form in the full length illustrated book of the project: "Ecotopia 2121" available from Arcade Publishers: NY.)
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The futures of 100 geographically-real cities are presented in full color via scenario art with accompanying social studies explication. The full text is available from the publishers website or from any good bookstore. Links to previews and reviews of the book are available via the project website at: http://www.ecotopia2121.com/single-post/2017/01/24/A-Preview-of-Ecotopia-2121
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A blog posting about "Ecotopia and the role of Aliens" appears at:
 
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Using scenario art, the 22nd century futures of 100 geographically-real cities across the globe are predicted.