3. Emergent Commons

Forces of nature decimated many low-lying parts of the city in the 2030s. The insurance companies were crippled, and repairs were piecemeal. They didn’t involve reconstruction and replacement. Instead, over time, large amounts of low lying land was abandoned and was eventually rehabilitated as an extensive network of Commons.

Some questions to think about:

  1. How do we prepare better for the financial consequences of catastrophic climatic impacts? If future weather events become more devastating, won’t we always be in the process of “rebuilding”? What does this mean financially? And what are the implications for design?
  2. If insurance is crippling now, won’t it just get more and more expensive? Is there a “way out” of this vicious cycle?
  3. Can we design an urbanscape that is crisscrossed by extensive interconnected parklands suitable for a hot, tropical climate?
  4. Is a future community that is able to satisfy much of its food requirements from urban-agriculture a desirable end outcome?

One thought on “3. Emergent Commons”

  1. A Separate state for NQ would allow for a state-owned insurance organisation that caters for particular tropical risk. Low lying areas will still be almost uninsurable though.

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