01 Nov '11, 7pm

Vision of the City of the Future From 1950 Is Not That Far Off From the Reality of the Present

Vision of the City of the Future From 1950 Is Not That Far Off From the Reality of the Present

Often looking back to the past for visions of the future can be hilarious, when you see how much they got wrong. Retronaut reproduces a 1950 Popular Mechanics article in which Waldemar Kaempffert, the science editor of the New York Times, did his prediction of what life would be life in 50 years and give it a decade or so, the surprising thing is a) how much he got it right; and b) how much not he, but we got it wrong in our politics and our inertia. We visit the Dobson family in Tottenville, a new town built around an airport much like the aeropolises that are now being proposed. "it is a crime to burn raw coal and pollute the air with soot and smoke". Power plants are not driven by atomic power as you might suppose. It was known as early as 1950 that an atomic power plant would have to be larger and much more expensive than a fuel-burning plant to be efficient….in tropic...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/urban-design/vision-city-future...

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