December 5, 2019

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein tells the tale of a monster created by an obsessed scientist. Since its inception in 1816, the story has haunted scientists, warning against the worst excesses of scientific misadventure and technological hubris.

A 1960s edition of Frankenste...

A growing concern for northern Russian cities like Arkhangelsk, is the melting of the permafrost and the growth of sinkholes. As the permafrost thaws, it becomes more fragile, and so more easily eroded by the increasing flow of subterranean water. Some of the sinkholes...

June 9, 2019

Since its first appearance in 1954 as a mutated dinosaur-like monster, Godzilla has often spread an environmental message to the public – though the exact make-up of the message has evolved over time. In the latest movie, Godzilla is not a catastrophic accident but a '...

The Frankencities Project utilizes The Literary Method of Urban Design, whereupon urban futures are designed and developed according to the themes of influential works of literary fiction. 

An explanation of The Literary Method of Urban Design appears in this recen...

November 14, 2018

In an effort to save costs in a grand effort to colonize space, the
Chinese government builds a huge spaceport near Arusha in the Volcanic lands of Tanzania.

The city, and the landscape, is hyper-industrialised, dislocating humans and wildlife in the proc...

October 18, 2018

THE FRANKENCITIES PROJECT SEEKS TO PREDICT AND GRAPHICLY PRESENT THE WORST-CASE SCENARIOS FOR OUR GLOBAL URBAN FUTURE; DETAILING THE ONCOMING HORROR STORIES FOR 100 REAL WORLD CITIES ACROSS THE GLOBE. THIS WEEK, WE FOCUS ON CALIFORNIA'S SILICON VALLEY CITIES.

(Frankenci...

June 14, 2018

Using the tragic forecast of Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' story, the Frankencities Project details the worst-case scenarios of the futures of real world cities worldwide. This month, we highlight the future of the Russian city of Sochi.

Sochi is the largest c...

Using the tragic forecast within Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' story, the Frankencities Project details the worst-case scenarios of the futures of real world cities worldwide. This month, we highlight the future of the Indian city of Bangalore.

Bangalore is one of the l...