Solar Power as a Design Challenge

Clark Miller and Joey Eschrich, editors of Cities of Light, recently gave a talk at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts on one of the book’s central themes: the design challenge of deploying sufficient solar energy to achieve global carbon neutrality.

  • How do we put billions of solar panels down in the world?
  • How do we integrate them into the social, economic, infrastructural, and ecological landscapes of future societies?
  • What financial, labor, and cultural design options do we have for solar energy–and how does each distribute the benefits, costs, and risks of energy systems?
  • How do we imagine, ahead of time, what solar futures might look like and what it might be like for diverse groups of people to inhabit them?

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