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THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE: Daddy Likes The Googie

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So my current obsession - and it has been for probably most of the last year - is a more or less extinct style of architecture/design with the unfortunate name of "Googie." (So labeled because the first known example of it is a Los Angeles coffee shop called "Googies") Also known as "Populuxe," and a variety of even worse names, it was an outgrowth of the Streamline Moderne movement which, depending on who you talk to, was either an outgrowh of Art Deco, or a subset of Art Deco, or a completely independent design school that was concurrent to Art Deco.

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INTERVIEW: David Zondy of "Tales of Future Past"

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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON 10/12/09

Today we've got David Zondy with us. He's the creator, host, and all-around Grand Exalted Poobah of the excellent "Tales of Future Past" website, which some of our more attentive readers will recall I was inadvertantly ripping off some months ago. David, thank you very much for being with us.

DAVID:
Glad to be here–speaking metaphorically, of course.

REPUBLIBOT 3.0:
Again, sorry about unknowingly ripping you off. Thank you for being a good sport about that.

DAVID:

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THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE: The Venus Project

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Happy Halloween, everyone!

We haven't done one of these in a loooooong while, but when I stumbled across this presentation film from "The Venus Project," a band of utopian technocrats based out of Florida. Lots of eyecandy below the jump!

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BOOK REVIEW: "The Wonderful Future that Never Was" by Gregory Benford et al. (2010)

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Do you ever dream of an optimistic, good old-fashioned future of endless technological progress? The sort of techno-gee-whiz optimism that science fiction used to be known for? The Hugo Gernsback let’s-solve-all-our-problems with-a-gadget-philosophy? Then you should pick up The Wonderful Future That Never Was, a fascinating, well-illustrated, and beautiful book reprinting the future predictions made by Popular Mechanics from 1903 to 1969. The illustrations are high quality reproductions from the magazine, and are worth the price alone.

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THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE: The Millennium Tower (1989)

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I first heard of this one on the Discovery Channel some years ago. It was first proposed in 1989 as a new jewel in the Tokyo Skyline, and apparently had some substantial backers in the consortium funding it. Alas, the Japanese boom went bust in the nineties, and the project ended up being a non-starter.

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THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE: Mars, 1960s-style

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I've kind of had it with Mars, and I've totally had it with NASA. I was two when we landed on the Moon, five when we abandoned it, and I was *supposed* to be fourteen when we landed on Mars. They promised.

In fact, they were lying: the 1970 Mars plan (Spearheaded by Spiro Agnew, and very feasible) was DOA as soon as it hit the press. For whatever reason, just six months after Armstrong and Aldrin, public opinion had switched to "Let's fix all the problems on earth, and then go into space in a century or three," mode.

Stupid hippies.

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THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE: Progress City

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We’ve all been to Epcot, we’ve all been bored by it, we’ve all seen its sad decline from a kind of permanent world’s fair into a gaggle of thrill rides and theme restaurants. We’ve all thought “Why bother?”

What is somewhat less known is that the original plan for E.P.C.O.T. was vastly more ambitious, a kind of planned city of the future that would have housed about 30,000 people, experimented with new systems of transportation, civil engineering, and social design. It’s all pretty fascinating, as you can see in this promotional film which aired as an episode of “Walt Disney Presents.”

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THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE: The Original E.P.C.O.T.

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Everybody knows that Epcot was originally intended by Walt Disney to be an actual living, working town. Most, if they think of it at all, tend to write it off as one of crazy Unkie Walt's whacky Futurian daydeams that never would have come off, and now we've got "Celebration," and that's just as good, right?

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Now This Is The Kind Of Future I Want To See!

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The Shimizu corporation has developed plans for a series of ludicrously ambitious mega-engineering projects, as you can see here

http://pinktentacle.com/2010/06/futuristic-mega-projects-by-shimizu/

and here

http://www.shimz.co.jp/english/theme/dream/index.html

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