http://futureeverything.org/festival-2014/art/cityfictions/

City Fictions (2014) was a speculative city of the near future, where future visions of institutions such as the city hall, factory, museum, kitchen and public square were brought to life.

Ideas about future city living can be made tangible using art and design. City Fictions was a speculative city, one imagined through conjecture and curiosity. In City Fictions, future visions of institutions such as the city hall, school, museum, kitchen and public square were brought to life in a pop-up urban experiment. People arriving in the city found the main city newspaper set four years in the future, a people’s parliament building rising in Manchester’s newest city square, a factory showcasing new forms of digital fabrication, genomic gastronomy served in a bio-tech kitchen, a hair and makeup salon giving anti-surveillance makeovers, opinionated street furniture and lampposts chatting to passers-by, and a swarm of electronic lifeforms clinging to buildings.

Over the festival weekend, a pop-up city took over NOMA in Manchester. This took the form of a speculative city, one imagined through conjecture and curiosity. Visitors were invited to experience future visions of city life, realised through extraordinary design fictions, art, architecture and family friendly workshops.