Challenges of the Post-Fossil City

Wytske Versteeg (1983) graduated cum laude as a political scientist. She works with the Urban Futures Studio (University of Utrecht), as member of the curatorial team for the Post-Fossil City Contest. Next to this, she is a novelist: her work has been translated into five languages.

Thinking of a decarbonized city, we tend to focus on sterile, technological images: a ubiquitous availability of self-driving cars, efficiently controlled by urban dashboards. What we lack is a sense of the everyday spirit of living; the embodied experience of dwelling, working and moving around in the bustling post-fossil cities of the future. In response to this problem, the Urban Futures Studio organized the post-fossil city contest, asking for creative imaginations as to how cities can employ the immense challenge of decarbonization to become places that sustain natural, social, economic, and creative life. We received 250 responses from all over the world, and are currently working with 10 finalists. How can imaginations open up different ‘future worlds’, which we could not conceive with traditional planning and forecast tools? And what constitutes a good imagination of the future?

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This event is organized by Industrial Ecology study association IESA Shift in cooperation with SG