What will our world look like in a hundred years? Tod Foley explores that question with a crew of fellow creatives collaborating on UbiquiCity, an anthology of sci-fi short stories that serves as a GameMaster’s sourcebook for role-playing games.
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Shamans and scholars tell us that the close of this
great cycle of the Mayan calendar is not the cue for apocalypse but
rather a new beginning. Yet scientists are now predicting a 4 degree temperature
rise, which will indeed mean the end of civilization as we know it, if
not of human life on earth. The time we live in is a crucial turning point. What can we do?
system encircles and ensnares people, buildings and environments,
defining cities, credit-rating some higher, no matter their quality of
life, infrastructure buffers or exposure. This article explores technologies for smart cities to use the system
to better advantage, through more coherent measures, innovation policies
and incentives for livability.
A culture based upon an abstract, disconnected
conception of space is re-shaping our world for the worse. A
parallel reality is replacing the living one. Architects have been commissioned to
destroy historic buildings and urban spaces worldwide. Such interventions are
praised by their promoters but are disastrous for the urban fabric.
Burning Man’s founder explores how it can be a wild party on the one hand, and the most public-spirited city in America, on the other. The essential cause of this is the giving of gifts. A gift economy is founded on principles that are diametrically opposed to those that dominate our consumer culture.