Page 106 - liveitloveit

This is a SEO version of liveitloveit. Click here to view full version

« Previous Page Table of Contents Next Page »
ACCLAIMED SPECULATIVE FICTION
AUTHOR WILLIAM GIBSON
RECENTLYWROTE, “IN
CITIES, THE PAST AND
THE PRESENT AND
THE FUTURE CAN ALL
BEADJACENT”. LEEDS
IS SUCHA PLACE.
Te relics of Leeds’ Victorian industrial past
became inhabited by the entrepreneurs of
the new millennium’s dotcom boom, and
as Britain entered a period of austerity,
the city’s burgeoning ‘netroots’ class of
activists, bloggers and citizens of the Web
2.0 age, have inherited the city itself as
a platform to invent and imagine the
distributed, networked institutions of the
21st century.
Cities are humanity’s most
characteristic and complex inventions
— almost everything that we consider
to be culture arose within cities. Te
notion of cities as simply a place is being
displaced by the idea that cities are
organisms, mindsets and platforms for
democracy, civilisation, technology, arts
and sustainability. Cities have a character
and a persona, one we collectively craft
as citizens.
When considering Leeds’ technology,
media or digital industries, there is no
institution, company or individual that
stands apart. Te city’s universities, its
By
Imran
Ali
Founding
partner of
CARBON:imagineering
ACITYOF
INVENTORS
A City of Inventors