Franken-Geneva: City of Monstrous Mountains

 

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 THE SWISS CITY OF GENEVA.

 

Like the monstrous creature he invented, Dr. Frankenstein is emotionally fraught by his ill-judged laboratory experiments and he’s temporarily driven into despair. Unable to go back to his private lab for fear of meeting his monster, Dr. Frankenstein takes refuge by hiding away in a friend's small Bavarian apartment.

 

After many months, when he begins to feel better, Dr. Frankenstein heads back home to his family in Geneva. Sometimes, when anxious thoughts flair-up, the scientist would saunter alone into the Swiss Alps nearby Geneva to calm himself.

 

What he doesn’t know, though, is that the monster has followed Frankenstein to Geneva and he patiently watches Frankenstein’s every move from the hills and mountains nearby.

 

In Mary Shelley’s original Frankenstein, the pivotal first dialogue between Dr. Frankenstein and his monster takes place atop a giant glacier in the Alps above Geneva. Here, in a landscape of timeless ice and precipitous crevices, the monster abruptly emerges to confront his creator.

 

 

Alas, in the coming decades of global warming, and as depicted here in the Franken-Geneva pic below, the glaciers of the Alps are set to decay and degrade year by year until their icy scenes will be no more.

 

It seems that anthropogenic climate change is doing something even more horrific than Dr. Frankenstein ever achieved: destroying the entire environment of the Alps. The alienation suffered by Frankenstein’s monster every time he came across a human – and which forced him to hideaway here for a time in the mountains -- is now being forced upon the entirety of the Alps, rendering it but an alien and monstrous version of itself.

 

 Franken-Geneva by The Frankencities Project

 

For more Shelley-linked Frankencities of Europe, see this Urban Transcript article or the "Cities of Frankenstein" article in the Volume 3 (No.1) of the Liberal Arts Journal.

 

Or, if you'd rather cast your eyes upon more hopeful urban landscapes, see cityscapes inspired by Thomas More's 'Utopia' at The Ecotopia 2121 Project.

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