2100: São Paulo Animations!
February 3, 2021
Afrofuturism and Indigenous Futurism offer powerful alternatives to the dominant world paradigm that is rooted in the exploitation and plunder of the Earth’s resources as inputs to a linear system of production. By envisioning humanity as only one of many layers that form part of a larger interdependent system, we can function as a loop rather than a line. The São Paulo settlement is both communal and interconnected. Cooperative farming and community-supported regenerative agriculture connect our bodies to the earth in a very profound way. People sleep in pods suspended above the land that nurtures them. Elevated pathways allow for circulation in both the rainy and dry seasons, while flexible agriculture plots, held in place by vertical guidance posts, allow planting beds to float, helping to preserve precious food production during storms. This system of connected bikeways and pedestrian paths is suspended over repurposed buildings, communal facilities, rainforest timber farms and agro-food forestry, aquaponics installations, fish farms, and medicinal-crop fields. Here we use ancient, time-honored strategies based on preserving nature and natural methods to sustain human inhabitation — thought-provoking eco-futurist alternatives to the ways we currently live, extract, manufacture, and consume food and energy in 2021. Localizing the network of exchange allows community agency and autonomy, promoting a thriving relationship between humanity and all the other beings that inhabit the planet with us.