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contributor authorDunn, Nick
contributor authorCureton, Paul
contributor authorPollastri, Serena
date accessioned2017-12-12T17:09:53Z
date available2017-12-12T17:09:53Z
date issued2014-09-25
identifier citationDunn , N , Cureton , P & Pollastri , S 2014 , A Visual History of The Future . Future of Cities: Working Paper , no. WP14 , Government Office for Science , London .en
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descriptionNick Dunn, Paul Cureton and Serena Pollastri, ‘ A Visual History of the Future’, , commissioned report first published June 26, 2013 in the Collection Future of Cities, Government Office for Science . Available at:
description abstractThis paper is concerned with how future cities have been visualised between 1900 and 2014, what these projections sought to communicate and why. The paper is organised into eight sections. Each of the first seven sections is highly illustrated by relevant visualisations to capture the main ways in which the thematic content is evident within future cities. We present a brief summary at the end of each section to understand the key issues. • First, we describe the relevance and power of imagined cities and urban visions throughout popular culture, a multi-disciplinary discourse, along with an explanation of the methods used. • Second, we examine the role of different media and its influence upon the way in which ideas are communicated and also translated, including, but not limited to: diagrams, drawings, films, graphic novels, literature, paintings, and photomontages. • Third, we interrogate the ‘groundedness’ of visualisations of future cities and whether they relate to a specific context or a more general set of conditions. • Fourth, we identify the role of technological speculation in future city scenarios including: infrastructure, mobility, sustainability, built form, density and scale. • Fifth, we examine the variations in socio-spatial relationships that occur across different visualisations of cities, identifying the lived experience and inhabitation of the projected environments. • Sixth, we consider the relationship of data, ubiquitous computing and digital technologies in contemporary visualisations of cities. • Seventh, we establish the overarching themes that appear derived from visualisations of British cities and their legacy. In conclusion, we establish a synthesis of the prevalent patterns within and across legacies, and the diversity of visualisations, to draw together our findings in relation to overarching narratives and themes for how urban life has been envisaged and projected for the period under scrutiny.en
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language isoeng
publisherGovernment Office for Science
relation ispartofseriesFuture of Cities: Working Paperen
subjectA Visual History of The Futureen
subjectCity Visualisationen
subjectUrban Futuresen
subjectCities of Tommorrowen
subjectCity Planningen
titleA Visual History of The Futureen
typeCommissioned reporten
contributor institutionSchool of Creative Artsen
contributor institutionSocial Sciences, Arts & Humanities Research Instituteen
contributor institutionDesign Research Groupen
contributor institutionArt and Designen

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