AN IDEOLOGY OF COMFORT-CONTROLLED environments transfers out into the public realm from the capsular space of the car and the regulated environment of the office interior. Locally deployed microclimate machines enable outdoor territories to become environmentally modulated on demand. Some would say this is an all-too-human response to the vicissitudes of global climate change by attempting to restore dominion at a local level—a terse rebuttal of the uncertainty with which life is led in the twenty-first century. Others would prefer to see the phenomenon as merely an extension of the comfort and convenience that modern living has made us accustomed to.
A band of techno-primitive ...