Journal of Futures Studies

Macrohistory and City Futures

by Phillip Daffara

Abstract

Where our cities are headed is a question being investigated globally by many stakeholders of our urban futures. This piece examines the possible, probable and plausible futures of the city, and what these may look like. The method used to extrapolate these futures is macrohistorical analysis. Positioning the current state of our globalised cities within different models of cultural/historical change gives us the grand patterns for the future of the city. The conclusion shows the ways in which the city is a tangible cultural product of civilisation and how the city can be positively used as a catalyst towards the development a planetary human civilisation.

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Journal of Futures Studies

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ISSN 1027-6084