The Sci-Fi Dystopias We’re Headed Toward

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This video explores the line between utopian ideals and dystopian realities. These fictional scenarios might not be as far removed from our own reality as you think. Discover the architectural and social designs that subtly influence our everyday lives, often without our conscious awareness. I interviewed Dr. Dan Bashara to outline six critical points that can help identify dystopian elements in our surroundings. These points serve as a guide to understanding the deeper intentions behind urban designs and how they might be affecting our autonomy and quality of life. By assessing transportation options, interactions with life forms, accessibility of space, environmental hazards, service efficiency, and levels of surveillance, we provide a toolkit to gauge the dystopian or utopian nature of your city.

With this guide you should be able to recognize and understand the subtle ways our environments shape your life. Whether you’re an urban planner, a social scientist, or simply someone curious about the spaces we inhabit, it offers valuable insights into the intersection of architecture, control, and societal wellbeing. Join the conversation and reflect on the role of design in our daily lives.

Keywords: Dystopia, Utopia, Urban Design, City Planning, Surveillance, Public Space, Urban Environment, Seaside Florida, The Truman Show, Personal Freedom, Urban Life, Architectural Analysis, Dr. Dan Bashara.

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Architecture with Stewart is a YouTube journey exploring architecture’s deep and enduring stories in all their bewildering glory. Weekly videos and occasional live events breakdown a wide range of topics related to the built environment in order to increase their general understanding and advocate their importance in shaping the world we inhabit.

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Stewart Hicks is an architectural design educator that leads studios and lecture courses as an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also serves as an Associate Dean in the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts and is the co-founder of the practice Design With Company. His work has earned awards such as the Architecture Record Design Vanguard Award or the Young Architect’s Forum Award and has been featured in exhibitions such as the Chicago Architecture Biennial and Design Miami, as well as at the V&A Museum and Tate Modern in London. His writings can be found in the co-authored book Misguided Tactics for Propriety Calibration, published with the Graham Foundation, as well as essays in MONU magazine, the AIA Journal Manifest, Log, bracket, and the guest-edited issue of MAS Context on the topic of character architecture.

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