In this discussion, the panelists addressed the futures of the past from very different sources: popular imaginations of Buenos Aires at the beginning of the 20th century reflected in illustrated magazines, contrasted with the imaginations of experts in urban planning; the conception of space-time in Quechua culture and how this questions linear views of time; and, in a shift in focus, the reimagining of the early 21st century from hypothetical interviews conducted in 2066.

You can watch the panel discussion in this video. This webinar was held through the Zoom and was in Spanish on December 2, 2020.


Alma Sarmiento, Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia
Enrique Rodriguez, Icesi, Cali, Colombia
Martin Groissman, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Margarita Gutman, The New School, New York, United States


Juan Manuel González, The New School, New York, United States

The program 2084: Futures Imagined from the South seeks to unleash, promote and strengthen the imagination of futures as a capacity, both individual and collective. It seeks to mobilize thinking about the future of Latin American cities from a multiplicity of voices and experiences, with the aim of provoking conversations between diverse actors and thereby contributing to the collective construction of that future.

The program also intends to investigate and discuss how the future was thought in past times – what we call Futures of the Past, and how this was reflected in different media: cinema, literature, plastic arts, music, urban plans, popular culture and even different worldviews.

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