Chapter 7
Illustration by Nina Miller

Two Scenarios for the Future of Solar Energy

Join us for whirlwind tours of the Biomimetic City and the Mound City, two visions for how we might deploy technology based on natural processes to build carbon neutral cities with unique, vibrant cultures. How might cities function more like biological cells or natural landscapes, transforming the built environment with ecological systems?

Annalee Newitz writes about science, pop culture, and the future. She is the editor in chief of io9, a publication that covers science and science fiction. She is the author of the books Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction (2013) and Pretend We’re Dead: Capitalist Monsters in American Pop Culture (2006) and the coeditor of She’s Such a Geek (2006). Formerly, she was a policy analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, where she received a Ph.D. in English and American Studies.
  • Urban Sustainability

    I would like to see more green fiction. In some of the stories that I have attempted, the current “green” fad has matured into genuine policy level cultural priority and established business practice, as well as a staple concern of urban planning. How can we make our cities more sustainable? Make urban areas coexist with the natural ecosystem rather than dominate it?

    Brian Merz
    Eternal Student
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