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N. Dunn, P. Cureton & S. Pollastri

In: The SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies

Part IX: Urban Futures

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Urban Futures

Imagining the city of the future has long been a source of fascination for architects, artists, and designers around the world. Through drawings, maps and film, urban futures have been depicted in many ways – from tranquil green utopias and great domed constructions to vast, inter-connected mega-structures and machines. (, 2015)

Many of the contributions to this Handbook raise issues for urban futures, usually by drawing on past changes to sketch potential directions for the future. One of the problems is that the link between past and future is never a direct one. Our ability to think about the future is conditioned by the present and the ways of thinking about the future that are prevalent at a particular time. This is ...

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