73: The Squares of the City by John Brunner

The Squares Of The City by John Brunner

Show Notes

Intro 00:07 // Synopsis 04:16 // Commentary 15:05 // Further Reading 21:35

Links

The City Shaped and The City Assembled by Spiro Kostov

City by P.D. Smith

The City Accelerated, a city building tool by Ralph Lovegrove

Music Credits

Music is by Chris Zabriskie: chriszabriskie.com // bandcamp // free music archive

Samples: “Is that you or are you you?” from Reappear // “Cylinder Nine” from Cylinders // “Take off and shoot a Zero” from Stunt Island // “I don’t know where I’d be without it” and “Another version of you” from Thoughtless

2 thoughts on “73: The Squares of the City by John Brunner

  1. Great stuff! I’ve read much Brunner, although I don’t necessarily remember it. I enjoyed his straight fantasy but this kind of pre-Ballardian look at systems in flux is great. Stand on Zanzibar goes to similar places. I’m also reminded of the Viable System Model (VSM) from my own discipline, operational research. It was an early attempt to determine the key elements to any system and how they need to interact for the system to thrive. It’s very much founded on biology but is another model which can be used in gaming to create structures to investigate in games. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viable_system_model. That said, these days, people are much more likely to look at smaller elements, or individual issues using something like systems dynamics https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System_dynamics. I’m not aware of any games or fiction based directly on this.

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