Some of the bleakest glimpses into a not-so-distant future of our planet predict that entire countries will be in a state of permanent drought, unbearable air temperatures will force communities indoors, and floods will decimate our coasts and displace millions.
It's forecasts like these that inspired Alan Marshall—an environmental researcher and serial traveler—to imagine a new future. Three years ago, the professor at Mahidol University in Thailand decided to pose a peculiar challenge to his students: Take a week to reimagine one city the year 2121 as an "ecotopia," a fantastical land where sustainability is prioritized.
The ingenuity that followed proved that this could become something bigger than a classroom assignment. Marshall and his team then spent months researching the biggest threats to 100 cities around the world and attempting to design for all of them in a book, Ecotopia 2121: A Vision for Our Future Green Utopia—in 100 Cities.