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Authors

Liam Young, TED

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subject

Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Type

  • Videos, 9 minutes, 43 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global

Format

Downloadable MP4/M4V

Planet City - A Sci-Fi Vision of an Astonishing Regenerative Future

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Synopsis
  • This video from TED is a talk from Liam Young, a director and architect who designed a science-fiction thought experiment for a sustainable future with one global city, named Planet City. 
  • It depicts a future for humanity that takes up 0.02% of Earth, restores the natural world, progresses culture, and eliminates human-created separations like political affiliation and national boundaries. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The talk is accompanied by engaging visuals that help students better imagine Planet City.
  • Students will be challenged to rethink what is possible and what is sustainable for a growing population with limited resources.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know the terms provocation and thought experiment.
  • Students should understand this isn't a prediction or even an aspiration, but an artwork meant to provoke thought and discussion.

Differentiation

  • Students who need support following along can use the transcript and read-along feature.
  • Students in ELA classes can analyze the author's purpose for this talk.
  • Students in science or engineering classes can create designs for Planet City and explain the environmental benefits of their designs.
  • Students in Art classes can create visuals for their own Planet City.
  • Related resources include the futuristic climate-fiction book "The Ministry for the Future", the lesson plan Writing Cli-Fi, and the online art exhibition Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience.
Scientist Notes
This 10-minute TED talk describes the science fiction thought experiment called 'Planet City,' a vision for what a future city might look like in which 10 billion humans live together in a sustainable community. The thought experiment is intended to be provocative and initiate discussion on how a city like this can be built and what it would mean to prioritize sustainability. This resource is a fun vision for a potential future that could be used to spark discussion. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Visual & Performing Arts
    • Visual Arts: Standard 7 - Perceiving and analyzing products.
      • 1.5.8.Re7a: Explain how a person's aesthetic choices are influenced by culture and environment, and how they impact the way in which visual messages are perceived and conveyed.
      • 1.5.12prof.Re7a: Hypothesize ways in which art influences perception and understanding of human experiences.
      • 1.5.12acc.Re7a: Recognize and describe personal aesthetic and empathetic responses to the natural world and constructed environments.
      • 1.5.12acc.Re7b: Evaluate the effectiveness of visual artworks to influence ideas, feelings, and behaviors of specific audiences.
    • Visual Arts: Standard 11 - Relating artistic ideas and works within societal, cultural, and historical contexts to deepen understanding.
      • 1.5.5.Cn11a: Communicate how art is used to inform the values, beliefs and culture of an individual or society.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.II.8.2 Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.
      • SL.ES.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
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