A selection of features about the world twenty years hence, such as 'What You'll Need to Know in 2020 That You Don't Know Now' and '20 Ideas That Will Rule Research in the Next 20 Years.'
September 2000 Archives
This page is just an excerpt from the full article (in Whole Earth Review, Summer 1993) that listed 80 sentence-long "unthinkable futures" thought up by Brian Eno (a musician, producer, artist, lecturer, etc.). Judging from the few listed here, I can imagine that they're not all entirely unthinkable now... (via Gorjuss)
A look at the "L.A. School" of urban theorists who see Los Angeles as an alternative look at the future of urban development. Contrary to the usually cited course of events, the city is not de-industrialised, but re-industrialised and many of its suburban areas are in fact very densely populated. (via Arts & Letters Daily)
A good discussion about different techniques of growing plastic in plants. The benefit is less of the traditional petrochemical processes. The downside that it can take more energy to extract this new biodegradable plastic from the plants than it does to make plastic the old-fashioned way. The article looks at these issues and more. (via Arts & Letters Daily)