On 05, Jul 2010 | In Papers | By Raph
With the “London Futures” speculative design research proposal I intend to contribute to the imagination of scientifically proven future scenarios by researching speculative narratives, prototypes and visuals of the future everyday.
The benefits of ecosystem services will diminish if humanity won’t find a a way to live and do business within ecological limits. But how will economic growth be secured while facing extreme climatic conditions and dead oceans zones resulting in water shortage, restrictions to flying, and migration toward European countries as the UN predicts? I believe that every true economic discourse has to look into the farther future and must take these threats into serious consideration without cravenly countering with doubt and scepticism towards the academics.
But what might facilitate thought and imagination in order to move the discussion away from abstract statistical figures of climate science? With this design research project I intended to contribute to the imagination of scientifically proven future scenarios by researching speculative narratives, prototypes and visuals within the same. Such scenarios tend to have a bird’s eye perspective, analysing systems without going into much detail. Scenarios based on scientific data built the frame of this research project as beneath these systematic and abstract concepts of our world in the future there’s always the everyday, the material world, and the livelihood of people.