1st Edition

Inhabitable Infrastructures Science fiction or urban future?

By CJ Lim Copyright 2017
    304 Pages
    by Routledge

    304 Pages
    by Routledge

    Inhabitable Infrastructures: Science fiction or urban future?, the follow up to Food City and Smartcities and Eco-Warriors, from one of the world’s leading urban design and architectural thinkers, explores the potential of climate change-related multi-use infrastructures that address the fundamental human requirements to protect, to provide and to participate. The stimulus for the infrastructures derives from postulated scenarios and processes gleaned from science fiction and futurology as well as the current body of scientific knowledge regarding changing environmental impacts on cities. Science fiction is interdisciplinary by nature, aggregates the past and present, and evaluates both lay opinions and professional strategies in an attempt to develop foresight and to map possible futures.

    The research culminates in the creation of innovative multi-use infrastructures and integrated self-sustaining support systems that meet the challenges posed through climate change and overpopulation, and the reciprocal benefits of simultaneously addressing the threat and the shaping of cities. J. G. Ballard has written that the psychological realm of science fiction is most valuable in its predictive function, and in projecting emotions into the future.

    The knowledge from the book is widely transferable, constituting both solutions and speculative visions of future urban environments. The book is indispensable reading for professionals and students in the fields of urban design, architecture, engineering and environmental socio-politics.




    Climate Change and the City


    Science Fiction: The imagination sourcebook


    Science Fiction or Urban Future?


    The City as A Collection of Infrastructures


    To Protect

    urban future i     London is Flooding?

    urban future ii    Swine Under the Sheltering Skies

    urban future iii   The City of Frozen Spires


    To Provide

    urban future iv    Twenty Thousand Fish Above the Sea

    urban future v     The City of A Thousand Lakes

    urban future vi    The Forest: An infrastructure for urban resilience

    urban future vii   Perfection


    To Participate

    urban future viii    Corporate Republic: The search for utopia


    Research and Reproduction Credits






    CJ Lim is the Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the Bartlett UCL and founder of Studio 8 Architects, a multi-disciplinary practice in urban planning, architecture and landscape focusing on cultural, social and sustainability issues. His other authored books published by Routledge include Smartcities and Eco-Warriors (2010), Short Stories: London in two-and-a-half dimensions (2011) and Food City (2014).