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What will the city of the future look like? This was the question asked over 60 years ago, as Seattle hosted the 1962 World’s Fair and unveiled the Space Needle as a symbol of the city’s future innovation, success, and well-being. In 2023, Seattle’s immersive art experience called “City of the Future” provided the opportunity to ask again, what will the future of the city look like 20, 40, or 60 years from now?

As urban planners and designers, we at MAKERS regularly work with the public to develop and advocate for visions of cities, communities, and public spaces. Art can be a powerful tool for expressing what we want our cities to become, a medium to inspire others to want similar futures, and an opportunity to dream of what life could be like in the future.

In collaboration with our friends at Framework, I created a posterboard based on their poster design as part of their exhibit in the City of the Future art experience. After submitting the first poster, I was struck by more creative and civic inspiration. So, I created a series of art posters sharing my vision of the future of cities and how to realize that vision.

It’s 2024, the start of a new year– time for inspiration, making the future of our cities bright! I hope this poster series inspires others to dream and work towards a similar future, and I hope you enjoy some of the creative fun I did last year.


Markus Johnson

Markus joined MAKERS in spring 2022 as an urban designer and community planner, providing graphics and planning support. He is interested in the planning and design of green affordable housing, public transit and nonmotorized transportation, climate infrastructure that leads to decarbonization and electrification, and racial justice and equity. Markus is passionate about creating environments and spaces that allow people to live and thrive.