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Johanna Hoffman

Speculative Futures: Design Approaches to Foster Resilience and Cocreate the Cities We Need

Urbanist, researcher and writer Johanna Hoffman joins us to talk about Speculative Futures -- a set of design tools that can reorient urban development to help us dream and build more resilient, equitable cities.

Navigating modern change depends on imagining futures we’ve never seen. Urban planning and design should be well positioned to spearhead that work, but calculated rationale often results in urban spaces crafted to mitigate threats rather than navigate the unexpected, leaving cities increasingly vulnerable to the uncertainties of 21st century change. Long used in art, film, fiction, architecture, and industrial design, Speculative Futures offers powerful ways to counter this dangerous trend by moving us beyond what currently exists into the realms of what could be. Far from an indulgent creative exercise, Speculative Futures is a means of creating the resilient cities we desperately need.

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