The four projects in this course are situated in Pittsburgh 2054: (a) alternative worlds and economies, (b) three generation personas, (c)  signs of the times, and (d) sustainable lifestyle scenarios.

  1.  The Alternative Worlds and Economies assignment focuses on: recognizing forces of change that are likely to shape aspects everyday life in the future including: live, work, play, and mobility. For example, (a) urban farming may deeply change local food supplies, create local jobs, change use of free time, and spark alternative economies (e.g., time exchanges, bartering). (b) Decreases in marginal costs, advances in 3D printing, the collaborative commons, and the sharing economy may significantly change manufacturing distribution networks.
  2. The Three Generation Personas assignment focuses on: exploring intergenerational needs and dynamics between children, parents, and grandparents. For example, how might extended families in the future organize themselves given the rise in healthcare costs, decreases in public expenditures on social welfare programs, and decreases in social security expenditures? How might such forces play out in low-income families, middle-income families, and high-income families? How might such forces play out differently in European economies, African economies, South American, and Asian economies?
  3. The Signs of the Times assignment focuses on: recognizing traces of the future visible in the present to forces of change that will likely shape the future. Students learn to read forces that shape the present and notice products and research projects that defy or further accentuate such forces. For example, available Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) today may indicate future times with increased in access to change life-long learning, increased global competition, and even faster career shifts.
  4. The Sustainable Lifestyle Scenarios assignment focuses on: exploring scenarios for sustainable lifestyles in Pittsburgh 2054. There is a raging debate in urban planning circles on the redesign of urban centers and suburbs. According to global projections for 2054, population is set to increase by forty percent. Students will explore sustainable lifestyle design opportunities in redesigned urban centers and the suburbs.

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