Yes, exactly. I think – expressed more clearly in my piece on Tesla Powerwall – it has every possibility of that (hence my possibly very UK-specific line about JG Ballard and Felicity Kendall.) But a) it needn’t be that way, if handled well with good urban policy, and b) the previous approach of city-making has its own massive problems. Hence my interest. But it comes down to good urban policy either way. There’s none of that in the US, but possibilities elsewhere I think. It’s fair to say that we don’t know what this looks like yet, but it needn't tend towards NIMBY with an active hand on the tiller.

Designer, urbanist, etc. Director of Strategic Design at Vinnova, Swedish govt’s innovation agency. Visiting prof UCL Bartlett IIPP + Design Academy Eindhoven

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