Weapons of Reason: Megacities

Driven by a desire to better understand our world, Weapons of Reason is our own four-year publishing project. Issue two explores another huge global challenge: Megacities.

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"Weapons of Reason uses the power of data, images and words to reveal the rich insights that are required ingredients for addressing our most important global issues."

Tim Brown, CEO
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The Challenge

  • Weapons of Reason (WoR) is an eight-issue publishing venture, aiming to understand and communicate the global, interconnected challenges facing our world.
  • Following on from WoR’s debut issue exploring The Arctic, the theme of our second issue would be Megacities.
  • We wanted to explore the challenges posed to humanity by our rising global population. We wanted to inspire our readers to turn knowledge into action.

The Solution

  • To understand the huge issue of megacities, we focused on the world’s hubs: the 29 ‘megacities’ with over 10 million inhabitants.
  • Splitting our 140-page magazine into Past, Present and Future, we took readers on a journey from the cities of antiquity to the present day and asked experts to speculate on what the future might hold for our urban centres.
  • Combining compelling, long-form storytelling with journalistic rigour, our articles exposed the deep social problems in the world’s megacities and asked how they might be solved.
  • We made extensive use of data visualisation to tell the story of society’s development from rural to mega-urban.
  • We consulted physicists, architects, mental health professionals, think tank directors, urban planners and trade unionists - oh, and a Mexican cab driver - to ensure Weapons of Reason stood on the cutting edge of research.
  • We commissioned illustrator Jean Jullien, best-known for creating the ‘Peace for Paris’ symbol, to design a striking, intelligent front cover.

The Results

Weapons of Reason: Megacities - second issue of the self initiated magazine by Human After All

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