Created by architect and production designer Liam Young, Planet City is a science fiction art experiment that critiques and responds to the threat of climate change.
If you’ve been keeping up with Thred’s antics over the past year, you’ll likely be aware of the growing urgency of climate change.
We’re now seeing weather patterns become more extreme, with seemingly no sign of slowdown in resource usage or population growth despite the concerning data.
Given our rapidly changing environment, how can our cities cope in the coming decades? To that end, how would we build civilisation differently now if we could start over given the environmental cost of large-scale construction?
These questions are the central focus for Liam Young’s art experiment and sci-fi concept piece called ‘Planet City’, which imagines a super city that houses the entire population of Earth using only 0.02% of its overall land mass.
Sounds impressive – as long as you’re not scared of heights.
This piece incorporates a variety of media in its world building, including elaborate costume designs, portrait photography, and CGI cinematics. It’s practically Netflix ready.
Were it to be a real, tangible city, this place could house 10 billion people in 1.4 million neighbourhoods that climbs 165 stories. According to Young, the rest of the planet’s surface would be vast and free of civilisation or people. It’s an extreme idea, but is intended to demonstrate the extent with which our current way of life could be much more sustainable.