Saturday, May 3, 2008

Deng Cheng-hong, at work in studio

Welcome to The Virtual Museum of Climate Retreat "Living Pod" Images, computer-generated images created by Deng Cheng-hong in Taiwan. Please feel free to stay awhile in this quiet space and view the various images he has come up with that show what a future climate retreat for survivors of global warming in the far distant future might look like.

These images are not predictions, but mere speculation in an imaginative way.

Dr James Lovelock, 90, of Britain has seen Mr Deng's images here and wrote by email to say: "Thanks for showing me these images. It may very well happen and soon."

This online show will remain up for as long as the Internet exists. So feel free to browse here, bookmark the site and tell your friends. A virtual museum is a good way to shine the spotlight on artworks that might otherwise go un-noticed due to lack of exhibition space and media coverage.

For more information or to contact Mr Deng by email, wrote to the museum's curator office at:


dan said...

From a secret government memo, on polar cities as possible human adaptation strategies for global warming events in the far distant future, year 2121 circa:

"While most people are still not aware that human civilization might need to take shelter in safe refuge population retreats in northern climes, from Alaska to Norway, in the event of mass migrations north due to rising sea levels and warming temperatures 100 years from now, a few think tanks and federal agencies are currently working on plans, designs and transportation for such safe refuge retreats in such places as Juneau, Alaska, and Anchorage and Fairbanks, as well as Vancouver, Churchill and Yellowknife, Canada (Whitehorse, too), in addition to areas in Norway, Sweden and Finland, Russian Siberia as well, and Antarctica's research stations.
What will these safe refuges look like? Will they be above ground or underground, or inside mountain caverns or old gold mines? Who will be allowed in, and how will these communities be guarded? Such questions are well worth asking, and perhaps the Homeland Security department can look into such issues as well. Will we need these northern retreats 100 years from now, or 200 or 300? Most probably yes. So planning should proceed now, with most work done in private and in secret, so as not to create scaremongering among the general population. Certainly, the president and his cabinet should know about these plans, for future discussions. Although there is strong debate about weather (sic) global warming is man-made or natural, and weather (sic) it will lead to disastrous events in the distant future, we should proceed as if the threat is real and the very survival of the human species is at stake."

dan said...

Timothy, in USA, wrote by email:

"These images look like images of hell to me."

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buffalo_ken said...

Hey - I just want to say that I saw your post at "Paco Mitchell's" blog and so that is why I am here.

When I saw the images, I could tell (or so it seemed to me) that you were another fan of Escher.

So anyhow that is why I'm leaving a comment. I hope to check things out here more.


dan said...

Cultural Commentary - Thursday, July 28, 2011 22:11 - 0 Comments

‘Polar Cities’ Revive Human Franchise

"The Day After Tomorrow" (2004)
You’ve seen “The Day After Tomorrow” and probably more than once. It’s that good, and that prophetic. Did you see “The Road” yet? Ouch.

In fact, Hollywood’s archives are full of ”end of the world” movies, with chilling dystopias and joyful utopias competing for market niche. From the Mel Gibson “Mad Max” films to the film version of Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer novel “The Road,” the future sometimes does look grim.

But there’s hope on the horizon. Polar cities!

Yes, rather than give in to doomsday predictions and end of the world nonsense, an architectural illustrator in Taiwan named Deng Cheng-Hong has given some thought to all this and come up with with he calls “polar city living pods” for those Earthlings in the distant future who might seek refuge in such distant places.

It’s not such a pretty picture, but on the other hand, his pictures are pretty. Climate change and global warming to not have to be dystopian issues.

Illustrating the future: a museum in a polar city by Deng Cheng-Hong
We can survive! Our descendants, perhaps 30 generations down the road from now, can survive in polar cities, according to Deng’s illustrations, which have been seen and blessed by no less than Dr Doomsday himself James Lovelock in Cornwall, England. At age 90, Lovelock says he’s worried about the climate future. Deng says polar cities can save humankind.

Climate change is indeed an issue that is on everyone’s mind today, and while Los Angeles seems to be far removed from the experts at the UN who try to hammer out blueprints to prevent global warming from having a doomsday impact on humankind, Hollywood will be on the front line of these issues.

So Deng’s images and ideas about polar cities are worth pondering. And who knows, there might even be a movie franchise here someday in the far distant future, something like “Polar City Red: The Future Begins.” But don’t hold your breath.

We are entering uncharted waters, and as the waters rise and the temperatures go up as well, future generations will have some important choices to make: where to live, how to live, how to grow food, how to power their polar cities, how to plan and how to pray.

Hollywood has a voice and will be on the front lines of this new world. Deng Cheng-Hong is there already!

Check out more of Deng Cheng-Hong’s illustrations here.

dan said...

People's Proclamation of Independence

For the sake of humanity's future sustainability, it is essential to learn. Today, in 2007, we are witness to decadent world-wide institutions and organizations prolonging continued disarray for "the commons" against the desires of People everywhere. People everywhere desire Peace and Harmony, and this is a Proclamation of Independence from those institutions and organizations that perpetuate and prolong ongoing suffering of innocence.

This Proclamation extols the virtues of: local commerce and governance as well as individual liberty for the good of all. This Proclamation calls for a Confederacy of Communities committed to a peaceful and better future for ALL People. The following forms the basis of the Confederacy:

1. Institutions and organizations are to be directly accountable to and in the interest of the People. Institutions and organizations that exert large-scale authority over many local areas are to be identified. Institutions and organizations premised upon domination or that perform acts of domination are to be dismantled and discontinued in an orderly and systematic fashion during a "Time of Transition". The principles and intent of all on-going institutions and organizations ought be published periodically and these publications ought be free for all.

Note: What defines an "institution" or an "organization" ought be self-evident. They include current government entities, corporations, and "highly organized" groupings that are "not alive" but nonetheless exert large-scale influence over the lives of many.

2. Liberty for individuals is understood to be freedom of expression in "non-physical" ways and freedom of action (choice) in most situations in one's "day-to-day" pursuits. Liberty is essential for individual's natural abilities to manifest, and in this way, it is in everyone's interest for there to be liberty for all. Where there is physical interaction amongst individuals in a commonly shared space, informal bounds and formal restrictions on liberty are generally necessary and desirable for the purpose of maintaining order for the benefit of all (both those present and those who will inhabit the space in the future).

3. "Generally agreed upon principles" to guide behavior ought be established for each community and revisited and adjusted as necessary. Any restrictions that are proposed are only to be considered if a majority of the commons agree. In situations where an agreement has been reached to consider a restriction, then