Three Futurist Urban Scenarios v. 01
Fantastic World by Robert McCall
Classic Planning Book Release
The challenges of the 21st century have been forecast and are well known. In many ways we are already experiencing the future now. But predictions are hard to validate. A way around that is turning to slightly older predictions to illuminate the magnitude of the issues, and the reality of their propositions. 
Driven by the Pentagon video Megacities: Urban Future, the Emerging Complexity, this blog of mine was published on January 29, 2019 by the Mad Scientist Initiative at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). Focused on the Deep Future, 2035-2050, the broad spectrum of interests encountered in this marketplace of ideas, in dialogue with academia, industry, and government, makes it an exceptional Community of Forecasters. As far as I know, what’s in this blog is all true and it will scare you. But it makes the case for using classical urbanism to understand the scenarios we are already encountering, and it urges to reapply this knowledge base as a way to reshape them.
Futurists William E. Halal and Michael Marien’s predictions of 2011 have aged enough to be useful. In an improved version of the Delphi method, they iteratively built consensus among participants. Halal and Marien balanced the individual sense of over sixty well-qualified experts and thinkers representing a range of technologies with facilitated feedback from the others. They translated their implicit or tacit know how to make qualified quantitative empirical predictions.
From their research we can transpose three urban futures: the High-Tech City, the Feral City, and the Muddling Through Scenario.
The High-Tech City
The High-Tech City scenario is based primarily on futurist Jim Dator’s high-tech predictions. It envisions the continued growth of a technologically-progressive, upwardly-mobile, internationally-dominant, science-guided, rich, leisure-filled, abundant, and liberal society. Widespread understanding of what works largely avoids energy shortages, climate change, and global conflict. 
Knowing everything we know now about IT, AI, and Social Media, the interconnected Smart City connects everything except for people.
The high-tech, digital megacity is envisaged as a Dubai on steroids. It is hyper-connected and energy efficient, powered by self-sustaining, renewable resources and nuclear energy.
Connected by subways, skyways, and skyscraping vertical gardens, the cities are ringed by elaborately managed green spaces and ecosystems. The city’s 50-150-story megastructures, “cities-in-buildings,” incorporate apartments, offices, schools, and grocery stores, hospitals and shopping centers, sports facilities and cultural centers, gardens, and running tracks. Alongside them rise vertical farms housing animals and crops. The rooftop garden of the 2015 film High Rise depicts how aerial terraces up high provide a sense of suburban living in the high-tech city.
On land, zero-emission driverless traffic zips about on intelligent highways. High-speed trains glide silently by. After dark, spider bots and snake drones automatically inspect and repair buildings and infrastructure.
In the air, helicopters, drones, and flying cars zoom around. Small drones, mimicking insects and birds, and programmable nano-chips, some as small as “smart” dust, swarm over the city into any object or shape on command. To avoid surface traffic, inconvenience, and crime, wealthier residents fly everywhere.
Dominated by centralized government and private sector bureaucracies wielding AI, these self-constructing robotic cyburgs have massive technology, robotics, and nanotechnology embedded in every aspect of their life, powered by mammoth fusion energy plants.
The Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street in the center of London is already deep in the “future.” © User:Colin / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=40864516
Every unit of every component is embedded with at least one flea-size chip. Connected into a single worldwide digital network, trillions of sensors monitor countless parameters for the city and everything in it. The ruling AI, commanded directly by individual minds, autonomously creates, edits, and implements software, simultaneously processing feedback from a global network of sensors.
The high-tech city is not a new concept. It goes back to Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, and Fritz Lang, who most inspired its urban look in the 1927 film Metropolis. The extrapolated growth of technology has long been the base for predictions. But professional futurists surprisingly agree that a High-Tech Jetsons scenario has only a 0%-5% probability of being realized.
Metropolis by Fritz Lang was the first film to show a city of the future as a modernist dystopia.
Poignantly, the early predictors transmitted a message that the stressful lifestyle of the High Tech City contradicts the intention of freedom from drudge. Moreover, the high-tech megacities’ appetite for minerals may lay waste whole ecosystems. Much of the earth may become a feral wilderness. Massive, centralized, AI Internet clouds and distribution systems give a false sense of cultural robustness. People become redundant and democracy meaningless. The world may fail to react to accelerated global crises, with disastrous consequences. The amnesial obsolescence of high-tech could slide humanity into a new Dark Age.
The Feral City
Futurists disturbingly describe a Decline to Disaster scenario as 5 times more likely to happen than the high tech one. From Tainter’s theory of collapse and Jane Jacobs’s Dark Age Ahead we learn thatthe cycles of urban problem-solving lead to more problems and ultimately failures. If Murphy’s Law kicks in, futurists predict a 60% chance that large parts of the world may be plunged into an Armageddon-type techno-dystopian scenario, typified by the films Mad Max (1979) and Blade Runner (1982).
Apocalyptic feral cities, once vital components in national economies, are routinely imagined as vast, sprawlingurban environments consisting of blighted buildings. An immense petri dish of both ancient and new diseases, rule of law in them has long been replaced by gang anarchy and the only security available in them is attained through brute power.
Neat suburban areas were long ago stripped for their raw materials. Decent life in feral cities is typified by a ubiquitous specter of murder, bloodshed, and war, of the militarization of young men, and the constant threat of rape to females. Urban enclaves are separated by wild zones, fragmented habitats consisting of wild nature and subsistence agriculture.
Contaminated Turag River, Bangladesh.
With minimal or no sanitation facilities, a complete absence of environmental controls, and massive populations, feral cities suffer from extreme air pollution from vehicles, and the use of open fires and coal for cooking and heating. In effect toxic-waste dumps, they pollute vast stretches of land, poisoning coastal waters, watersheds, and river systems throughout their hinterlands. 
Pollution is exported outside the enclaves, where the practices of the desperately poor, and the extraction of resources for the wealthy induced extreme environmental deterioration. Rivers flow with human waste and leached chemicals from mining, contaminating much of the soil on their banks. 
Dystopian reality and dystopian art: (a) Congolese, hanging on a train travel in Kinshasa on November 7, 2006, already live the dystopian future. (b) The End of the World as We Know It ( https://wonkette-img.rbl.ms/simage/https%3A%2F%2Fassets.rbl.ms%2F17671325%2F980x.jpg/2000%2C2000/ZrhY9INAMM2Q3uSW/img.jpg)
Globally connected, a feral city might possess a modicum of commercial linkages, and some of its inhabitants might have access to advanced communication and computing. In some areas, agriculture might forcefully cultivate high-yield, GMO and biomass crops. But secure long-distance travel nearly disappears, undertaken mostly by the super-rich and otherwise powerful.
Walled City of Kowloon
Futurists backcasting from 2050 say that the current urbanization of violence and war are harbingers of the feral city scenario. But feral cities have long been present. Warsaw Ghetto in World War Two was among them, as were the Los Angeles’ Watts neighborhood in the 1960s and 1990s; Mogadishu in 2003, and Gaza repeatedly.
Conflict and crime changed once charming, peaceful Aleppo, Bamako, Caracas, Erbil, Mosul, Tripoli, and Salvador into feral cities. Medieval San Gimignano was one. Spectacularly, from 1889 to 1994 the ghastly spaces of Hong Kong’s singular urban phenomenon, the Walled City of Kowloon, provided a living example.
The good news is that futurists tend to believe in a 65%-85% probability of a Muddling Through Scenario. Despite interlinked, cascading catastrophes, they suggest that technologies may gain some on the problems. Somehow securing a sustainable world for 9 billion people by 2050, they suggest the world will be massively changed, yet somehow livable.
Lending credibility to the Muddling Through Scenario is that it blends numerous hypotheses. It predicts that people living in rural communities will tend the land scientifically. Its technological salvation hypothesis posits that science will come to the rescue. Its free market hypothesis assumes that commerce will drive technological rescue.
It pictures a “conserver” society tinged by Marxism, a neo-puritan “ecotopia”, and colored by both the high-tech and feral scenarios. Tropical diseases, corruption, capitalism, socialism, inequality, and war are not eradicated. But nationalism, tribalism, and xenophobia are reduced after global traumas. Though measurably poorer, most people will still have a reasonable level of wellbeing.
According to the Muddling Through Scenario, large cities retract and densify around their old centers and waterfronts. Largely self-sufficient, small towns and cities survive amid the ruins of suburban sprawl, separated by resurgent forests and fields. Shopping malls, office towers and office parks, town dumps, tract homes, and abandoned steel and glass buildings are mined for their recyclables. Unsalvageable downtowns in some cases go feral. 
A mix of high and low tech fosters digital communication with those at a distance. There would be drip irrigation, hydroponic farming, aquaculture, and grey water recycling, overlaid with artificial intelligence, biotechnology and biomimicry, nuclear power, geoengineering, and oil from algae.
Skyway, Gardens By The Bay, Singapore
In some places, rail links are maintained, but cars are a rarity, and transportation is greatly reduced. Collapsed or dismantled freeways and bridges return to the forest or desert. While flying still exists, it is rarer. But expanded virtual mobility offering “holodeck” experiences subsumes tourism. Cosmopolitanism happens on the porch with an iPad.
Surprisingly, the Muddling Through Scenario ends up with urban fabric similar in properties to homeostatic planning had it been done intentionally. Work is a short walk from home. Corner stores pop up, as do rudimentary cafés, bistros, and other gathering places. 40% of the food is produced in or around cities on small farms. Wildlife returns to course freely. Groups of travelers move on surviving “high roads.” Communities meet at large sports venues situated in the countryside between them.
Sea level rise is met with river and sea walls. At their base, vast new coral beds and kelp forests grow over the skeletons of submerged districts and towns. In a matter of years, rivers and seas build new beaches. Their flood plains are populated with new plants. Smaller scale trade waterfronts are reactivated for shipping, and some ships are even powered by sail. Cities occupying harbors, rivers, and railroad junctions reconnect to distant supply chains, mostly for non-quotidian goods. 
Learning from Rome to Understand Detroit
Rome’s deterioration from a third century city of more than one 1,000,000 people started long before it was acknowledged. An unnoticed population drop to 800,000was characterized by ever larger buildings of decreasing beauty and craft, including the huge Baths of Diocletian (298-306 CE). Anticipating barbarian invasion, Rome’s walls were built (271-275 CE). It was ransacked twice (410 and 455).
Campo Vaccino (Empty Field), Claude Lorrain (1604/1605–1682), 1636, Louvre, Paris
But as if in a dream, 5th century life of the diminishing but still substantial population continued as normal. Invading Goths maintained Rome’s Senate, taxes, and cops. But administrative, and military infrastructure vaporized. An unraveling education system led to the rise of illiteracy. Noble families began using mob politics, economic and social linkages broke down, travel and transportation became unsafe, and manufacturing collapsed.
By 500 CE Rome had less than 100,000 people. Systematic agriculture disappeared, and much land returned to forest. The Pope and nobility pillaged abandoned public buildings for their materials. The expansive city was reduced to small groups of inhabited buildings, interspersed among large areas of abandoned ruins and overgrown vegetation. In the 12th and 13th centuries the population of Rome was possibly as few as 20,000 people.
Rome when it was empty. Strozzi, mappa Roma, 1474
The long journey from first cities, to Ancient Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages, through Paris, Washington, and Shanghai, helps us understand how our cities might end up. Holding Rome up to the mirrors of history reads like backcasting Rome’s decline and survival in a Muddling Through Scenario from today’s view. Halal predicted that muddling would start about 2023 to 2027 and that if we weren’t muddling by then, collapse would set in by 2029.
Around 1165, the great medieval Jewish traveler Benjamin of Tudela (1130–1173) described how, too vast and solid to be destroyed, the Pantheon, the Colosseum, Hadrian’s tomb, the aqueducts, and the Baths of Diocletian floated as massive landmarks in the landscape. Real estate prices declined, and the church amassed enough wealth from donations to consolidate numerous parcels, making Sixtus V’s massive project possible. With religious tourism drawn to Rome en masse—Rome had more Christian martyrs’ bones and saints’ relics than anywhere else—Sixtus’s project was necessary. If we want to experience something like that we can visit Angkor Wat. Abandoned today but for a number of still operating temples, it was a thriving community of one million people in 1200 CE. As in Rome, Angkor Wat’s hinterland of Siem Reap, a jurisdiction of about a million, can be said to carry the ancient city’s scattered population.
But for a thousand years, Rome did not entirely vanish. For a thousand years, it muddled through in an array of villages and small towns gathered around important and still-functional buildings, floating in country within its walls. Similar to what Kunstler mentions in describing the futurist muddling-through scenario, the built fabric of Rome within the walls was walkable and had distinct rural edges. Intramural villages were compact, mixed-use, and composed of neighborhoods based on the transcultural five-minute walk and the quarter-mile walk from center to edge. Everything needed for daily life would have been found within a half mile or a kilometer. Its streets were narrow, and trees grew along them. Signals and traffic signs had not yet been invented.
But the streets of the muddling-through scenario do not have signals and signs either. In that scenario, these are found mostly in antique stores and the occasional museum. In that scenario, large cities contract and densify around their old centers and waterfronts. Smaller cities and towns do better at first, because there is less to undo in them. Old town centers survive amid the ruins of suburban sprawl, which litter the periphery.
Shopping malls, office towers, and office parks, the first to be dismantled, are released back to the forest, as town dumps, tract homes, and abandoned Modernist buildings are mined for their aluminum and recyclables. Unsalvageable Modernist downtowns in some cases go feral and revitalize in others. Some derelict shopping centers redevelop into multi-use living areas, and some cul-de-sac neighborhoods morph into village centers.
Urban fabric condenses into polycentric arrays, separated by large swaths of country. Farmers living close by among the resurgent forests and fields produce locally grown food in labor-intensive, small-scale farming that serves markets with seasonal produce and hothouse exotics, augmenting home gardening. And that is what Detroit and other Rust Belt cities are going through even now. They are riding the urban cycle of life to homeostasis. 50
And so it is that the muddling-through scenario ends up with urban fabric similar in properties to homeostatic planning. But the futurist muddling-through scenario results from the collapse of systems, while classic planning reaches homeostasis intentionally, through proper design. Detroit started muddling in 1968. New York proved to be a fragile city during blackouts, as did Dubai in its 2009 financial crisis. Since the 1970s, most of America’s ten “dead cities,” many formerly among its largest and most vibrant, came disturbingly close to being feral. 
Today we understand that cities are unsustainable as they are designed, but we don’t need to wait for collapse to fix them. We are at a tipping point, and their destiny is our choice. We can wait for the collapse of systems to reach homeostasis or attain it intentionally by applying Classic Planning principles and reap all its benefits. We can fall down the flight of steps in front of us or walk down with grace, ready for the next act. Rome, Angkor Wat, and Detroit illuminate the cycle of cities, their pasts, their presents, and their expected futures. 
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 America’s “Ten Dead Cities” in 2010: Buffalo; Flint; Hartford; Cleveland; New Orleans; Detroit; Albany; Atlantic City; Allentown, and Galveston. McIntyre, Douglas A., America’s Ten Dead Cities: From Detroit to New Orleans, 24/7 Wall Street (website), 23 August, 2010; Gibson, Campbell, Population of The 100 Largest Cities And Other Urban Places In The United States: 1790 To 1990, Population Division, U.S. Bureau of the Census, Washington, DC, June 1998. See also “America’s 150 forgotten cities.” Hoyt, Lorlene and André Leroux, Voices from Forgotten Cities Innovative Revitalization Coalitions in America’s Older Small Cities, MIT, Cambridge, MA, 2007; Manaugh, Geoff, Cities Gone Wild, Bldgblog.com (website), 1 December 2009.
 James Kunsdtler Amazon Author page https://www.amazon.com/James-Howard-Kunstler/e/B000APLGD0
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