Carl Abbott

Carl Abbott

Carl Abbott is Professor Emeritus of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University and author of Imagining Urban Futures: Cities in Science Fiction and What We Might Learn from Them (Wesleyan University Press, 2016)

'Blade Runner' and the Dystopic Los Angeles

The film’s impact comes from its skillful blend of two other distinct images of Los Angeles—as noir jungle and harbinger of the future.

America's First Urbanist

George Tucker was a 19th century public intellectual who appreciated cities as engines of progress and offered some of the clearest early statements on their behalf. His ideas today still sound impressively modern.

The Library of Congress under construction and the U.S. Capitol

No, Washington Is Not Built on a Swamp

It’s time to retire an old metaphor that has no basis in D.C.’s history.

Behind the Urbanism in Science Fiction

Exploring the ideas of 20th century city visionaries and how they shaped the genre.