Our near urban future and the predicament of the irrelevant city

Samantha Suppiah
8 min readMay 17, 2020
Land-use classification of Leipzig, Germany (Haase and Nuissl, 2007)

It’s clear by now: our urban future isn’t about flying cars, smart cities, or innovative architecture.

COVID-19 is rapidly changing the fundamentals of urban structure: the reasons why cities are the way they are. Do we still need the commute? Do we need all these roads, all these cars? What are the new design scenarios for public transport systems?

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Samantha Suppiah

Southeast Asian trickster. Design strategist for decolonial sustainability & regeneration. www.possiblefutures.earth/samantha