A short talk on what the future may bring given the spatial dimension of the distribution of property and resources, followed by a debate with Gabu Heindl, the Vienna-based architect and planner.

Danny Dorling speaking on Slowdown: Whose freedom? at the Association of Visual Artists, Vienna Secession, 30th September 2019:

This was a public lecture in the series ‘Wessen Freiheit?’ (Whose freedom?)

This lecture and discussion concerned asking why there is always deep poverty near to great riches, but not necessarily such widespread poverty in those places where a small group of people are not extremely rich. What role do housing markets and policies play? Why do so many of our maps of human society appear fractal in their nature? And what happens when we start to look for social patterns in time as well as space? In what ways does history repeat? And what happens when the rate of change slows down?

The talk is based on past work and on a book due to be published by Yale University Press in April 2020 titled:

Slowdown
The End of the Great Acceleration—and Why It’s Good for the Planet, the Economy, and Our Lives
by Danny Dorling with illustration by Kirsten McClure

Click here for details of the UK edition and here for details of the US edition.

Please note, the illustrations within the book do not change, as the two below do (if your browser permits), because books – like almost everything else in the world – are slowing down 🙂

Figure 67 from the book Slowdown: The End of the Great Acceleration—and Why It’s Good for the Planet, the Economy, and Our Lives (2020, Yale University Press)

Figure 67 from the book Slowdown: The End of the Great Acceleration—and Why It’s Good for the Planet, the Economy, and Our Lives (2020, Yale University Press)