Life After Carbon: Imagining the City of the Future

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



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



Our Speakers 

Malka Older is a writer, academic and aid worker. She is a faculty associate at Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society and an associate researcher at the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations at SciencesPo. She is the author of the award-winning Centenal Cycle series, a fascinating look into the future of information, cities, organizations, and democracy in a world of micro-states: "Infomocracy," "Null States," and "State Tectonics."

Andrew Dana Hudson is a speculative fiction writer and sustainability researcher and one of the leading new voices exploring the future of solar-powered societies. His writings have explored the urban futures of cities all over the globe, real and imagined, from Detroit, Portland, Miami, and Atlanta to Delhi, Melbourne, and the Arctic. His award-winning stories have appeared in Slate Future Tense, Lightspeed magazine, Vice Terraform, MIT Technology Review, Grist, Little Blue Marble, The New Accelerator, and more.

Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry are the founding co-directors of the Land Art Generator . Their unprecedented, ground-breaking global design competitions have set a new world standard for the visual imagination of the post-carbon city and the urban future powered by renewable energy. Elizabeth Monoian works closely with cities, universities, corporations, arts organizations and community groups to design customized approaches to renewable energy installations. Robert Ferry is a registered architect and LEED-accredited professional with two decades of professional experience. 

Joey Eschrich is the editor and program manager for the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University. He has co-edited a number of books of fiction and nonfiction, including "Everything Change: An Anthology of Climate Fiction;" "A Year Without a Winter;" "Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities," which was supported by a grant from NASA; and "Cities of Light," ASU’s newest look into the future of post-carbon cities.

Clark A. Miller is a designer, theorist and analyst of techno-human futures. In his work as the director of ASU’s Center for Energy & Society, he explores how societies create and inhabit new technologies and their global implications for the future of people and the planet. This work aims to redesign technology innovation as a tool for creatively imagining and constructing inclusive, thriving communities.

Melissa Waite
Apr 13 2021 - 9:00am