Envisioning the future

I like futuristic cityscapes. I have this image as my twitter profile header:

I think images like these help us envision potential futures, futures that look different than the present, which is no small thing, and to maybe then work backwards and will them into being.

Before an idea becomes a real thing, of course, it has to be an idea. These images are ideas for how are cities could look and feel.

I think you could do worse things with your philanthropic dollars than host a competition among designers for the best cityscape featuring Toronto in, say, 2100. And to then put the winning image on a giant billboard somewhere.

How much would that cost? $25,000 for the competition prize and another $25,000 for the billboard? $50,000? Worth it.