Six sites reflection

Inheriting the future

Coordination: Alessia de Biase

This project questions the patterns by which the city has been thought and still think herself today in the future. Regularly the future lies in the centre of a social project, and the city, as a time machine would be able to give substance to various projection modes in the future.
These modes appear to be influenced by the rapid development of techniques, that often would prove to be decisive in the urban transformation and in the production of the imageries of the future of the city. Thus, the railway expansion and haussmannisation, the redefinition of peri-urban areas due to the development of the private car, the experimentation of prefabrication and the evolution of the grands ensembles or again the development of IT and the birth digital city.
Similarly, other patterns of future are born around utopian or dystopian figures, uchronic and religious, economic, environmental or political ones, being as powerful elements as the technique to picture the future urban.
Working on an archaeology of projections of cities, through multiple materials, would allow to identify what persists and changes between two historical moments, between one narrative and another, to reveal the stakes. How these persistence and differences question the way and the meaning of how future is concerned in relevant urban narratives?
An ethnography of the future, through its representations and stakeholders (authors, decision makers, dwellers etc..) allows us to understand the mechanisms, the tools and the practices involved in the production of the imaginary of the urban future. What are the domains, disciplines, actors and speakers of the future? How these imaginaries dialogue among themselves?
From an anthropological perspective, this project assumes the future as a legacy in order to make appear common features, differences, influences, the different scenarios further that the city has combined and today combines its future.