Future Parfait

Radically Optimistic. Speculatively Pragmatic. Est. 2008

Xandy on her hover bike flying through a winter storm at night. A large urbiome stands in the background
Future Parfait is an art project that imagines the evolution of a radically optimistic possible future for global civilization starting from the conditions of the present.

The Three Ecologies of Future Parfait

ENVIRONMENT

Urbiomes are densely inhabited ecologically integrated, equitable living machines for humans and all of their urban companions. They are designed to exist in harmony with local earth systems and host a wide range of civic niches.

SOCIUS

Explore life in the urbiome and the world of homo sapiens ananda, a speculative sub-species of human, with Lodar and his friends as they thrive in an ever evolving culture.

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The Cosmazon

PSYCHE

The communal dreamtime of homo sapiens ananda. A playground for the healthy subconscious of a eutopian society.

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Superior city is the most densely populated  urbiome of CSSAB. It tends to attract people who love the dazzle and energy of a 20th century cosmopolitan metropolis (think Manhattan, Mexico City, Tokyo).  Many of its inhabitants are committed city dwellers who rarely venture out of “the hive” for more than a few nights at a time. The central urbislets of Superior City are home to some of the tallest buildings in the SAB.

This manic urbanity is partly due to the fact that Superior City  hosts the Civic  Blockchain  Management Assembly. This assembly is responsible for monitoring and maintaining the qubit blockchains that underlie the local currency (this currency is commonly known as the luz dinero or lightbux.) As a result, over the past few decades it has become a hub of “financial” activity for the entire CSSAB.

Superior City is also the port city for the Gichigami Space Elevator. You can get a good look at the space-elevator’s  anchor-base from the Wolverine Steps that lead down from the Terrace Bay urbislet.  The Gichigami Space Elevator was the first of its kind. Orbital factories were necessary in the production of certain essential metamaterials for float-tech and neural interfaces, these were nearly impossible to manufacture on earth due to the confounding effects of the earth’s gravity on some of the more delicate molecular assembly processes.  The elevator is also the supply and return line for the space mining activities of the ecoregion.  The proximity to the space elevator is another factor that contributes to Superior City’s hyperactive economy (and population).

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View from the Strato Ferry  from Thunderbay to Superior City.  The urbiome is composed of self sufficient urbislets separated by wildlife corridors. They resemble a neuronal structure with dense clusters connected by filigrees of light. These lighted pathways and structures trace out a super organism composed of the interactions between each human and non human inhabitant.

Over 30 million people call this region home.  They have come from all over the world, most are climate refugees who have fled  floods, droughts, wildfires, and rising sea levels, drawn by the promise of stable democratic civility and a way of life that respects ecological boundaries.

Central Shield is a Seven Generation City and was developed under  the Sacred Civics protocol of 2034 as described in the Global Green New Deal. 

The form of urbiomes  take shape in relation to the surrounding environment.  The process of designing the urbiome involved nearly 20+ years of research and design beginning with an exhaustive environmental assessment of the area guided  by an effective synergy of indigenous land protector knowledge and contemporary earth science modelling.

Throughout the latter half of the 21st century, the urbiome's development ran parallel with a comprehensive multi-generational cultural shift which saw the dismantling of hypercapitalist systems and the emergence of situated and circular solidarity economics. 

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Workers rig delicate cable systems into the chassis of a Strato Ferry under construction in the  Central Shield ship yards . The ship yards are part of the low earth orbit manufacturing ring which functions as a stabilizing platform for the Gichigami Space Elevator.

In addition to manufacturing delicate materials that require zerogravity and vacuum conditions, these facilities also process materials extracted from astronomical bodies. By the mid 2100’s mining on earth had been more or less stopped as recycling processes for waste materials and off world resource extraction and production were able to satisfy the needs of earth industry. 

Below them, Strato Ferries of the North American commuter lines pick up and deliver passengers and cargo to and from the transport rings which are closest to the surface.

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Citizen scientists in the Megafauna Monitoring Group  of the Central Shield Land Protectors have sedated a mature black bear outside the urbislets of Animbiigoong in order to  conduct a biannual check up.  The healthy presence of megafauna is an important marker that the urbiome is operating in harmony with the local environment. 

“Everything is a Citizen” is a central principle of urbiome governance.  Data collected by the Megafauna Monitoring group is collected and processed by  the urbiome's Democratic Confederation  of Things.  In this way all citizens of the urbiome might have a representation in the governing body of the urbiome.

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The Critical Zone Observation Network (CZON) is an extension of the  Internet of Things into earth’s ecological systems. It is comprised of  a network of multimodal  situated sensors that strategically  monitor aspects of the earth’s critical zone (the volume of  space that comprises the atmosphere, hydrosphere/cryosphere, lithosphere and biosphere). Information about soil, water and air quality is collected and processed to inform the local models which are then used by eco-regional stewards to monitor the health of the region.  This practice might be interpreted as a bio-technologically assisted  drive to facilitate practices of land stewardship.  The Central Shield Land Protectors are the civic department responsible for ecological stewardship in the Central Shield eco-zone.

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Members of the Central Shield Land Protectors conduct controlled burns outside of the Ouimet Urbiome. The C.S.L.P.  Function as caretakers of the natural systems within the special administration biome.  Residents of the urbiome can increase their  portion of the weekly  civic dividend based on their time contribution to the Central Shield Civic Corps, of which the C.S.L.P.  is one agency. In the early 2020’s as forest fire smoke from Canada’s Boreal occluded the skies of Manhattan, and the early ravages of a heating planet began to manifest, local populations became greatly more aware of the existential importance of sound ecological practices.

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A Civitas of Species 

Humans and non-humans thrive alongside each other in benevolent civic megastructures designed to perform within planetary boundaries. A cross-section of the Central Shield urbiome from Jewel of the Boreal. 

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Welcome to Dee Double Dub title panel
Title Panel for Welcome to Dee Double Dub, a 12 page speculative design comic from the Future Parfait project by Marc Ngui. Part of the Future Present exhibition at the Science Gallery, Detroit, 2020.

A radically optimistic vision
of a benevolent civic structure
that has evolved to enable all of its inhabitants,
human and otherwise,
to thrive.

Dee Double Dub thriving civic space

It is the year 2220, about 170 years after a Global Green New Deal paved the way for an extensive retooling and restructuring of human civilization into an equitable culture that respects the environmental boundaries of the planet.

Marc Ngui woldbuilding city cross section

The DWW (Detroit-Windsor-Waawiyaataanong) Urbiome is a vast ecologically integrated metropolis situated on the Detroit River in the Southern Great Lakes Forests Ecoregion.

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Future Parfait in the Blog

World-building notes for Jewel of the Boreal, panel 11: “City of Art and Science”

By Marc Ngui | 3 May 2023

Members of Central Shield Civic Corps conduct the operation of construction A.N.T.s (Autonomous Networked Things) as they repair a carbon capture coil near Superior City. The line between work and play is at best a fuzzy affair in Central Shield. Every citizen is expected to participate as a member of the Central Shield’s Civic Corps. Duties run the range from simple park maintenance to more complicated activities like construction and engineering of the megastructures. In … >> read more

Welcome to Dee Double Dub title panel

Welcome to Dee Double Dub

By Marc Ngui | 12 October 2020

Two online workshops coming up for Dee Double Dub, one at the Science Gallery in Detroi and one at Subtle Technologies in Toronto. Catch both online!

Pen and ink illustration with digital color, Jewel of the Boreal by Marc Ngui

“Jewel of the Boreal”, an illustration of a sunset view over one of the bays of the futuristic city of Central Shield

By Magda | 8 January 2018

When we invent the future, the most important thing is to capture is the feeling so that we can make a connection to that time space and then climb up and forward just like a mountain climber who uses safety ropes on a sheer cliff wall. So what is it like to live in the future, in Central Shield? The animated gif cartoon above was created by taking vignettes from one of Marc’s latest panoramic … >> read more

Young woman standing next to air bike, preparing to leave for work.

Heading to work in Future Parfait

By Magda | 7 December 2016

Fur suit, fur helmet, and air bike ready on the terrace of a cliff residence. An early sketch from Marc  in the Lodar storyline.

Return to Toronto

By Marc Ngui | 12 December 2015

Return to Toronto was created for inclusion in the anthology GreenTOpia, published by Coachhouse Press, Toronto. It was also exhibited at the Ecocity World Summit 2008 in San Francisco, USA. (www.ecocityworldsummit.org) Read more about the ideas behind the images over at Project Hieroglyph.

Lodar and his Bubble Car

Lodar and His Bubblecar

By Marc Ngui | 28 July 2015

A sequence from a story that follows Lodar, a regular guy in a eutopian future, as he goes about a typical day. I am currently writing the script and designing the world.

Lodar instructing the putti.

Lodar Instructing Putti

By Marc Ngui | 28 July 2015

Here is another scene from the Lodar story.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Canada Council for the Arts and The Ontario Arts Council.

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