19.20.21

New video  for an old project from Jon Kamen (Radical Media) exploring urbanisation and the rise of megacities, on Fora TV.

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The 19.20.21  project draws attention to the way such cities are growing and the problems of mass urbanisation, particularly in developing nations. How do we live in cities and how does that change over time?

“Finding the future first” means sharing data and information, so that better decisions are made, from infrastructure to health to culture.  The benefits of vertical living to save space, energy efficient mass transit systems are cited. 

The section on the largest cities at 1000, 1500,1900, 1950 and 2005 are as expected – the global cities are now mainly in Asia – as Kamen suggests urbanisation driven by water supply and location – well, yes and a few other factors .

Ultimately this is a promotional video for a potentially  interesting information project, so dependent on the audience you probably know this stuff already (or couldn’t care less). The site is OK, although my website designer pals would have plenty to beef about, just need to come back in 12 months time and see if its objectives have been met. As the idea has been kicking around since 2007 I perhaps won’t hold my breath waiting.

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2 responses to “19.20.21

  1. This is a great web page, where do you find them? – The population counter is quite eerie ….

  2. Its a good idea, but it needs more effort to make it really useful (“grumpy urban planner” mode now engaged). At the moment it is a hip media poke around in our world.

    Matbe we should soundtrack and counterpoint the population counter with John Cage’s Organ²/ASLSP (As SLow aS Possible)?

    Still would buy the glossy coffee table city books, though…

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