Modern society is moving further and further away from greenery, with forests and parks obscured behind screens and windows.
Katarzyna Boni, author of the reportage “Auroville: The City Made of Dreams”, talks about the difficulties of establishing (and writing about) utopian societies.
After the disasters at Chernobyl and Fukushima, mention of nuclear power plants is met with strong public trepidation. But, in the face of climate catastrophe, might this be our most feasible energy source?
If the world isn’t careful, renewable energy could become as destructive as fossil fuels.
Minsk, the capital of Belarus, is ranked among the top three cleanest cities worldwide. On the surface, this is certainly true. But is this a good thing? And what happens when we peek underneath its shiny veneer?
We, in the contemporary West, have a tendency to elevate sincere and authentic behaviour. Might we be happier engaging instead with ritual in the public sphere, and keeping our uncertain inner worlds to ourselves?
Cities are growing at an incredible rate, forming more and more clusters and conurbations. This, however, might not be such a bad thing.
Utopian visions of future cities are often bold and exciting, yet for various reasons, these ambitious designs rarely realize their full potential.