What is a sitopia, and why does it matter? The term was coined by Carolyn Steel in Hungry City, referencing a utopia which ideologically pivots around food in some way. How has farming been wielded by creatives’ in their visions of the future? How have architects and artists imagined sitopias which bring human systems back into harmony with ecology in experimental societies through food? We visit Arcosanti, an architectural and social experimental community in the Arizona desert, and Biosphere 2, the world’s largest analog earth system, to examine the role of food in futurist speculation and utopia projects. We look back at food ecologies in sci-fi and NASA’s 1970s space farming projections, and hear insight from David Tollas, the general manager of Arcosanti Agriculture, and John Adams, the Deputy Director of Biosphere 2. Follow Fields for more dives into the futures (and futures-past) of urban agriculture.
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