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The 100 cities of Ecotopia 2121

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Vienna 2121: In the future, all of the buildings of Vienna are veneered with algae cladding that not only capture solar energy but also feed on carbon dioxide and fix it into the building walls, rendering the city carbon-negative and eco-friendly.

Wellington 2121:  After a cataclysmic earthquake, and a massive sea-level rise, New Zealand's capital re-emerges like a tranquil agrarian shire from Middle Earth.

Almaty 2121:    The mountains around Kazakhstan's largest city were the birthplace of the primordial apple tree but nowadays the trees are barely visible through all the smog. In 2121, the dirty petroleum industry, and the fume-belching cars it fuels, give way to a Green service economy and a grand 'urban apple tree extensification' project.

Tokyo 2121:   a nearby atomic energy plant explodes, forcing the evacuation of thirty million people. Only a group of hardy ‘nuclear families’ living in ‘moon-base’ homes are prepared to tough it out in the newly irradiated environs.

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Chihuahua City 2121:   An urban restoration program of desert willows slowly 'Greenifies' one of Mexico's most polluted cities; whilst an Agave-craft economy grows to build sustainable rustic eco-homes.

Como 2121 :   In this ancient alpine city of the Italian Alps, a 2000 year old planning blunder by Julius Caesar is reversed whereby the city's swampland is regenerated to act as a natural filter for Como’s sewage, and the town is resurrected -- as it once was in pre-Caesar times -- on the alpine hills nearby.

Abu Dhabi 2121: After a revolution against the repressive and discriminatory Abu Dhabi government, south Asian worker-immigrants reinvent the city in a post-oil/post-automobile fashion with interconnected communal dwellings, partly-inspired by old-time domestic houses of the deserts of India, constructed from local sands and muds mixed with native Arabian palm-leaves and treated camel-dung.

Springfield 2121:   After decades of neglect, the highways to and from Springfield fall into a state of dysfunction. Instead of investing in highway repair, though, the citizens decide  to invest their resources into more valuable city projects, like outdoors education, public parks and music festivals. They then sing aloud their philosophy of highways: "Let the roads outta here slowly disappear. Who really needs 'em? It's so nice here!"

London 2121:   Pensioners, schoolkids and environmentalists band together to protest against government neglect of social and environmental welfare. Together they occupy and reconstruct the Tower of London to enclose a massive inner city eco-village, transforming unused offices into residential buildings, sowing gardens on street-corners to grow food, and setting up small sustainable businesses to trade among each other.

Salto del Guairá 2121: The cascading waterfalls of Salto del Guairá were blown away by the Paraguayan military government in the 1980s  to build a dam. By 2121, though, both the falls and the town have re-emerged in splendid style as the dam has collapsed through neglect and local native people regain control of their ancient land.

Puno 2121: To lessen their impact on the sacred but eco-challenged lake Titicaca, the native Uros of Peru build ‘light as air' homes, made from alpaca hair, which can glide within the clouds in the realm of the revered condor.

Zakynthos 2121: the citizens of the capital of the Greek island of Zakynthos resurrect the 'direct democracy principles' of ancient times before voting for decentralized community-run renewable energy projects and a conservation program aimed at preserving the island's much-adored wildflowers.

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Wolverhampton 2121: a center of the industrial revolution during the Victorian Age, Queen Victoria herself once characterized Wolverhampton as a 'large & dirty town'. By 2121, though,  Wolverhampton has transformed into an iconic sweet-scented 'clean and green' city through the whole-scale adoption of 'Green manufacturing'.

Karachi 2121: Karachi’s informal settlers, long accused of exacerbating the silting up of the city’s waterways, band together to dig-up and concentrate dredged silt into island mounds upon which they build their own mini-cities.

Sochi 2121: Sochi was once the capital of the Circassian people before a crazed Russian army went rampaging through it in the 1860s to claim it for the Russian Empire. In Sochi 2121 though, as Russia crumbles under a wave of separatism, the Circassians reclaim their city; kicking out all the obnoxious ecocidal industry in the process.

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Budapest 2121: Roadway horticulture, self-help solar energy, and the community spirit of immigrant communities transforms the city into a forested green utopia.

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San Gimignano: This historical hilltop Tuscan town preserves a unique heritage and landscape by keeping it's organic saffron fields and unpolluted ecofriendly vineyards away from all forms of pesticide and genetically modified organisms.

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Sharjah 2121: a collapsed megalithic monument lies decaying in the Arabian Gulf -- becoming home to a rehabilitated marine ecosystem.

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Shanghai 2121: China's largest city perfects the art and science of professional pedestrianism as a sustainable pathway to an ecofriendly crimeless compact city.

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Stuttgart 2121: The city that invented the automobile decides to close down all its car factories -- transforming the landscape into a green wine-making utopia.

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Toronto 2121: cargo trucks are swapped for 'eco-drones', which, unencumbered by the weight of humans, are supposed to fly around speedily without using much energy. The ground-level streets and roads can then be re-purposed for pedestrianism, playgrounds and parties.

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Graz 2121: a super clean-tech technotopia where messy machines and messy people are banished forever.

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Wuppertal 2121 The original monorail city builds more and more sky-trains and flying trains of various styles -- all in aerial space. With so much commuting going on ten, twenty, fifty feet above street level, there’s less demand for ground transportation and more space opens up for citizens to walk about freely and to develop lanes and lanes of pretty urban gardens.

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Yiyang 2121: Yiyang's now polluted waterways are rescued from all-out toxic death via a mixture of public protest and the establishment of a Green Party that sweeps into government in a new democratic China of the mid-21st century.

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Taipei 2121:  The ecological knowledge of Taiwan's indigenous tribes, such as the Atayal and Amis, is resurrected to help construct a new sustainable capital.

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Lanzhou 2121: In the 2050s, the Chinese industry so destroys the nearby mountain landscape of the city of Lanzhou that it becomes all but uninhabitable. This allows the restoration of the city to the indigenous Qiang people who reoccupy the landscape and work to make the mountains ecologically sustainable once more. 

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Perth 2121: Through a combination of massive climate change and a myriad of uranium mining mishaps, the Western Australian city of Perth becomes an eco-disaster zone. However, using ancient aboriginal knowledge, a multi-ethnic group of survivors are able to eek out an existence and then resurrect a prosperous arid zone utopia using appropriate-level desert technologies.  

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Sinaia 2121: The marginalized Roma community reburbish a decaying set of abandoned Communist-era hydro-power stations to create a recycled Utopian city in the Transylvanian Alps of Romania.

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Timbuktu 2121: The ancient university city of Timbuktu is re-devoted to combatting desertification in the African Sahel.

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San Diego 2121: A submerged suburb of San Diego is resurrected within the sea using the technology fashioned and perfected from one hundred years of oceanic exploration, as well as from the experience of San Diego’s US Navy submarine fleet.

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Rome 2121: the Italian capital is inspired by an ecofriendly Pope Francis II to lead the Catholic world into a new Green century.

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Florence 2121: utilizing the power of germs, a young techno-preneur transforms Florence back into a magical artistic city.

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Nador 2121: corporate bosses are made culpable for any fatal environmental pollution their firm produces—and the punishment is public execution. The bodies of the convicted bosses are then reprocessed into biofuels. Through these measures, the importance of a clean and Green environment is conveyed to all Nador’s industrial leaders.

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Thimphu 2121: The capital of Bhutan introduces "The Tree Laws" to promote urban and peri-urban forests.

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Santiago 2121: The outer edges of the Chilean capital were once the site a great polluting copper mine. By 2121, the mine has been closed and it's environs rehabilitated. 

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Xanadu 2121: By 2121, the Gobi Desert has fully invaded the historic capital of the Mongol empire; offering a prescient warning for China as it seeks to mend it's environmental legacy.

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Bethlehem 2121: Bethlehem 2121 banishes industrial parks as unsuitable for the city’s character. Instead, only small-scale ecofriendly craft and cottage industries such as olive-oil and date products are approved.

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Los Angeles 2121: L.A.’s highways transform into vegetated greenways for pedestrians and cyclists. The highways would also act as a network of ecological corridors; connecting populations of wild plants and animals around Los Angeles that would otherwise be isolated.

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El Dorado 2121: El Dorado is thought to be a legendary city of Gold. But in real El Dorado, Gold was sacred. Gold came from nature -- a gift-spirit from the sun god -- and back to nature it should be given.

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Beijing 2121: Beijing becomes a city of eco-gold architecture, each gram of the precious metal being mined and processed in the most sustainable ways possible.

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Bristol 2121: A massive tidal bridge between Bristol and the Welsh city of Cardiff is built across the Bristol Channel. The channel has one of the strongest daily tidal movements in the world, and as the water flows in and out every day, the energy is harvested to power much of southern England and southern Wales.

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Sao Paulo 2121: Great runs of tarmac will be dug-up by guerrilla gardeners in this football capital, when eventually its citizens claim that food and air is more important than sport. Soon after, the highways and by-ways will be strewn with verdant rows of diverse food plants stretching as far as the eye can follow.

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Ordos City 2121: Tribes of the Ordos ethnic group reclaim an abandoned Chinese Ghost Town, recycling surplus infrastructure to build a great wall around it.

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Oxford 2121: The crazy traffic jams of the English university city are no more for Oxford has banned cars. The entirety of the city’s scholars and townsfolk amble all the from the outskirts to the city center on the tree-lined pedestrian highways of a retro-future.

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Athens 2121: Factory workers in Athens strike against hazardous pollution in their workplace whilst port workers refuse to load and offload goods that are not ecofriendly or which travel on ships which pollute the sea. In this way, Athens' environment, and the Aegean Sea as well,  are radically cleaned-up. Even the infamous smoggy air of the Greek capital slowly disappears.

For a detailed investigation into some more of the 100 cities of the Ecotopia 2121 project, see the CASE STUDIES page