The Resilience of Cities


‘The future will be no different. Change is coming and the water is rising, but the apocalypse will be, as it has always been, continually postponed. We are haunted and fixated by often-outdated images of failed growth: the labyrinth of Kowloon Walled City, the ruin porn of Detroit, the empty skyscrapers of Chinese ghost cities, but we survive to pore over the pictures. Even in the likes of Angkor Wat, Tikal, Nan Madol and the temple of Borobudur, the inhabitants went elsewhere rather than complete oblivion. It is highly likely that, regardless of technological developments or carbon reduction, there will be inundated areas of coastal cities serving as sacrifice zones. Yet even here, if slums are anything to go by, life will struggle on.’

On how cities grow/prosper/collapse/persist for White Noise.

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