In the year 2000, half the world’s population lived in cities. In 2025, the number of city-dwellers will have risen to approximately 5 billion. Mankind has become urban.
Among the concrete colossi of the megalopolis, many occupants share a strong nostalgia for the primitive and desire a re-entry of it in their lives. On the surface, this seems escapist. But can we, perhaps, make constructive and beneficial use of alienation and disenfranchisement?
And what exactly are cities? Would it be too far-fetched to claim they’re more than just human hives, lifeless abodes, and might have a conscious element to them? And if so, can we communicate with these multicellular beings? What would such an exchange look like? A conscious being is an emplotted being. As such, we can chat through signs and stories.
The posts listed here are an attempt at establishing such a conversation. It’s to phone home, but not as we’re used to.
- Preparing for Utopia
- Meeting of Ming and Qing with a CCCP skyline
- China’s Alexandria
- Ephemeral Drift
- Delay, Dismay, Delightful Decay
- Kowloon-induced ponderings