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"There Are No Roads in Bohemia"

The Ecotopia 2121 Project details the futures of 100 cities across the globe as though they've somehow surmounted all environmental challenges to become super-ecofriendly. This month, we highlight the future of Prague.


Prague in the 22nd Century by Alan Marshall

"There Are No Roads in Bohemia" -- Prague in the 22nd Century by the Ecotopia 2121 team


In the 19th century, the struggling artists of Europe’s biggest cities often grouped together in low-rent neighborhoods to live a lifestyle described as 'Bohemian'; a title derived from the commonly supposed domicile of gypsies (i.e.: the province of Bohemia). The Bohemian lifestyle rejected conventionality and celebrated personal freedom, usually through some form of art. It also involved vagrancy and voluntary simplicity and a willingness to undermine the purity of an obnoxious thing called the work ethic.

Prague in the 22nd Century by Alan Marshall

Pretty Green Bohemian Prague by the Ecotopia 2121 team


Prague, is the capital city of the province of Bohemia, within the modern nation of the Czech Republic. In the scenario presented here, a Prague of 2121AD, Bohemians of the lifestyle kind have traveled from around the world to be in Bohemia, the Czech province.


Prague in the 22nd Century by Alan Marshall

Prague in the 22nd Century by the Ecotopia 2121 team


They are lured there by the self-described desire of Prague's 22nd Century mayor for Prague 2121 to be a center for 'world art'. Where Paris, London, and New York might attract artists with ambition or entrepreneurial talent, Prague 2121 attracts artists with spirit, with a sense of humor, and with an intellect.


Prague in the 22nd Century by Alan Marshall

Prague in the 22nd Century by Alan Marshall


It also helps that Prague 2121 has adopted 'the basic universal salary' and is also developing a 'basic universal political power' to spread civic decision-making more fairly and more sustainably as well.


Prague in the 22nd Century by Alan Marshall

Prague in the 22nd Century by the Ecotopia 2121 team


When the Bohemians of Prague 2121 do manage to sell a piece of work, the funds are used to pay their back-rent, and anything left-over is spent with their friends over the course of a single night. Since they reject consumerism and volunteer to live simply, they do not use up superfluous resources nor produce much waste. As the Bohemian lifestyle becomes fashionable, more of Prague’s citizens see how life can be more satisfying with fewer material possessions.


Prague in the 22nd Century by Alan Marshall

Prague in the 22nd Century by the Ecotopia 2121 team


"There are no roads in Bohemia!" So said Gellet Burgess, a famous lifestyle Bohemian based in California during late 19th Century. For many, this phrase is to be taken figuratively; to indicate that each person has to find their own road in life. But here, in Prague 2121, it is interpreted literally.


Prague in the 22nd Century by Alan Marshall

Prague in the 22nd Century by the Ecotopia 2121 team


The roads of Prague, once filled with sad lonely people in noisy private cars, are disrupted and subdued by landscape artists that close the roads off, one-by-one, in overnight landscaping frenzies.


Prague in the 22nd Century by Alan Marshall

Prague in the 22nd Century by the Ecotopia 2121 team


Tarmac is thusly pedestrianized and ‘socialised’ into a grand series of new linear urban parks and plazas.


Prague in the 22nd Century by Alan Marshall

Prague in the 22nd Century by the Ecotopia 2121 team


So modified, they become more suitable for artistic pursuits, and for parties.


Prague 2121

Prague 2121 by the Ecotopia 2121 team



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