This map represents the cities that the project is focusing on:
the fastest-growing cities under 1 million people
according to the 2018 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects
for Climate Action
Design for (speculative)
“Before the invention of clocks, people used the sun to tell the time. This meant that each village had their own time. When railroads and telegraphs were built in the nineteenth century, this became impractical, and in 1884 it was agreed to divide the world into 24 time zones of 15° each. Britain was the dominant world power then, which is why the time zones start in Greenwich, U.K.”
The Politics of Design, Ruben Pater, BIS Publishers, 2016, 4th printing 2018
What does time difference mean to people currently living in a different region? And to us?
As a result of climate change, the world time-zones have been rearranged around a new ‘world most-influential’ city.
This design aims at questioning our relationship to time, borders, perspectives and map representations.
Having a new megalopolis, adapting to a new time-zone system, it would mean that that new day-separation line would sit right between the UK and France.
Erika Conchis (Dec. 2019)