The Future of Cities: three scenarios for urban futures

Here’s another piece of futures thinking (from the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities) which I came across whilst doing some lecture preparation.

The three scenarios are:

  • Gulliver’s World
  • Massive socio-technical revolution
  • Triumph of the Triads

Presently South African cities seem to be caught somewhere between the first and last scenarios. Perhaps it is time for Rhodes University and Makana Municipality to partner us towards the great transition scenario and have massive socio-technical revolution here in Grahamstown!

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