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Images of the Future, An Image Bank


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Images of the Future, An Image Bank

  1. 1. IMAGES OF THE FUTURE Daniel Riveong | Design Futures | Dr. Cindy Frewen | 13 July 2017
  2. 2. Six Families of the Future The way design futures is applied to these images is based on evoking emotion, providing tangible visuals, and attempt to make humans literally the center and engaged in these images. There are six families of the future (Dator, 49) being used in these images. The focus of the images somewhere between 30-40 years into the future (2047-57). Environmental Sustainability High- Technology Transformation Spiritual Transcendence Ideological Exclusion Business as Usual Collapse / Reversal
  3. 3. Business as Usual
  4. 4. Business as Usual means a continually raising Asia as Europe continues to be stagnant. But emotionally it means a shift in personal power relationships. A European woman is no longer automatically better off than a Singaporean or Shanghainese women. 1
  5. 5. The shift away from the West as a sole dominant culture will open ways for non-Western aesthetics to be seen as equally modern and sophisticated. It means more non-European & non-Asian imagery that is powerful, modern, sophisticated, yet not necessarily European influenced. 2
  6. 6. Business As Usual means letting human industry and climate change take its course. Remember the Paris Accords is not legally binding. The meeting between nature (the water) and human industry (the city to the military helicopter) shows the inevitable clash. 3
  7. 7. Environmental Sustainability
  8. 8. Environmental Sustainability will mean the harmonization of the new and old way of doing things. The textures of the wood, the use of paint, and water color is organic, rustic, old world and contrast against the sleek phone of metal and glass. 4
  9. 9. People say they want change, but how many people change themselves? In this image, people have changed their material expectation and their expectations on how to build a sustainable environment. 5
  10. 10. 6 Environmental Sustainability will mean a change in our lifestyle, including production and consumption. This SPARK Architect’s design shows a living community, without cars, with multiple generations, and with urban farming.
  11. 11. Ideological Exclusion
  12. 12. Group-based ideologies – be it religion, ethnic or the nation state – are powerful tools to build solidarity. The images show women, determined and defiant with their weapons, as they march with their flag. It’s a clichéd symbol of nationalism that’s still evocative. 7
  13. 13. 8 Community is seen as a key moral value. But a community can also limit dissent and sharpen divisions against the ’other.’ In this photo, the community builds a barn for a family. Their lack of individuality demonstrate their solidarity and also their potential enforcement of ideological exclusion.
  14. 14. 9 In this mock-up, the augment reality glasses makes sure the wearer will be prevented from seeing uncovered women. This is a vivid example of how even a mundane interaction – such as talking to a person – can be significantly altered by technological-empowered ideology.
  15. 15. High Technology Transformation
  16. 16. In the high technology scenario, the digital world becomes an integral part of our physical senses: sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste. The image shows a playful integration of the classic Super Mario game into the routine of a morning jog. 10
  17. 17. High Technology will challenge our concepts about how things will be made. The images shows war drones being grown, challenging our concept of war. We see war machines grown (like a flower), not made (like a WW2 tank). 11
  18. 18. High-Technology Transformation promises a world where all environmental to social issues are solved via technocratic means. From jetpacks to an upside garden, Tomorrowland asks us to dream about a technology-driven aspirational future. 12
  19. 19. Spiritual Transformation
  20. 20. Spiritual Transformation will include reexamining our human relationships as part of building a new world. Here, we see a community in an urban setting, where a group massage occurs before a morning exercise. It’s urban but a close community at the same time. 13
  21. 21. Cuba was accidentally on to something. Instead of throwing things away - reuse, fix, upgrade it. A spiritual transformation would include a transformation in our relationship with stuff. In such a world, young adults in fashionable clothes would mix seamlessly with 70 year cars. 14
  22. 22. Spiritual Transformation could be manifested in a reinterpretation of the medium and tools of spirituality itself. Accessible virtual reality and neuro- stimulating wearbles could be the catalyst for spiritual transformation. The image asks us to wonder if one can find meaning, meditate, and build a spiritual community digitally. 15
  23. 23. Collapse
  24. 24. The world hasn’t collapsed to an abyss, but there is global inaction. The shore is polluted with garbage. There are makeshift homes among the raising sea. There’s nothing to do but to watch it all happen, uninterrupted. 16
  25. 25. Desolate. Cold. Dreary. Collapse does not mean Mad Max, sometimes its about dislocation and alienation. 17
  26. 26. Collapse does not mean civil war, but unresolved tension. Negative extremes – from apathy and riots – are common. In this photo, we see a chaotic scene of anger. 18
  27. 27. Image Sources
  28. 28. § Framework 1. Roads Less Travelled: Different Methods, Different Futures by Andrew Curry, Wendy Shultz. § Business as Usual 1. Flipped and Switch, O Magazine: series-makes-powerful-statement-race-relations/ 2. ‘Black Panther’ Trailer Breakdown: Welcome to Wakanda: breakdown-welcome-to-wakanda/ 3. Creative Commons via Pixabay § Environmental Sustainability 4. Free License via Death to Stock Photos 5. Creative Commons via Flickr at -78147197@N00/ 6. SPARK Architect via ArchDaily at farming-hybrid-to-house-singapore-s-aging-population-2 § Ideological Exclusion 7. Creative Commons via Wikipedia. t_Hall_of_the_People_attended_by_President_and_Mrs._Nixon_du ring_their_trip_to_Peking,_China_-_NARA_-_194416.tif 8. From the film Witness, via 9. Creative Commons via Daniel Riveonng using Pixabay and Flickr: woman-hooded-arabic-154968/, 311831/ § High Technology 10. Super Mario Bros Recreated as Life Size Augmented Reality Game: 11. UK Defense Firm BAE Systems Wants to “Grow” Drones in Vats with Chemical 3D Printing 12. Tomorrowland film via at § Spiritual Transformation 13. Creative Commons via Flickr at 93947989@N03/ 14. Free License via Death to Stock Photos 15. Via § Collapse 16. The Future Weird: Black Atlantis: monday-26th-august-spectacle 17. Free License via Death to Stock Photos 18. Creative Commons via Flickr at 78147197@N00/