Johanna Hoffman

Johanna Hoffman

Urbanist, 2021-2022 Berggruen Fellow

Biography

Johanna Hoffman is an urbanist working in the space between design, planning, fiction and futures. The Co-Founder and Director of Planning at Design for Adaptation, Hoffman uses strategic planning and speculative design to help communities, cities and organizations translate future uncertainties into present day choice. She has created adaptation strategies for international companies, led long term planning for leading academic centers, designed interactive installations of urban futures, and held fellowships at centers such as the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the European Futures Observatory. She holds an MLA from UC Berkeley. Her first book, The Future is Ours to Imagine: Creating Resilient Cities with Speculative Futures, is slated for publication in 2023. A blend of applied research and professional insight, the text contextualizes speculative design tools within the realities of city planning to illuminate the ties between collective imagination and more resilient urban design. Her work as a Berggruen Fellow focuses on frameworks for using speculative futures to enhance participatory and collaborative capacities in urban planning and policy development.