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Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Structures |

The cities of the future we envision in the past: From utopias and technological advances

The cities of the future we envision in the past: From utopias and technological advances

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Why are we constantly thinking of the future, the answer might be hidden between curiosity and improvement. As in many other fields, the technological standpoint uses innovation as a cornerstone to evolve, innovation is often largely powered by imagination and creativity.

If we add to this the constant need for men to think that all there could be even better, or thinking and Oriental, cheaper and smaller, it is logical that this way of thinking has also been applied to entire of the imagine and all its services. Depending on what was the point of view or vision mentor, these cities have had very distinctive characteristics, both designed by professionals in the technology or science, as leaders of nations that desire for immortality.

For several weeks we present related items sighted some prominent cities in times that marked their identities, both to evolve and to mark a break and start again. We also talked about projects curious and not without controversy and ended with a collection of images of the future designed by men of the early twentieth century, a period in modern history was a hinge to the social, technological and political humanity.

USSR

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The out of World War II with very particular landscape. On the one hand, a Pyrrhic victory over Nazi Germany , which cost about 27 million soldiers and citizens. On the other, a communist government strengthened by the victory and the ideal remain in power for hundreds of years.

This combination of political consolidation achieved success and that in a few years and with great effort, the largest country in Europe and Asia to become a world power and the technological forefront, despite United States, his main rival for the scepter the world’s most powerful country. In this context highlighted the Pioneers, youth clubs interested in science and technology who imagined a future homeland conquering the skies, space and the deep sea with technologically advanced equipment.

Link: imagined in the past: USSR

Nazi Germany

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The best way to explain the visions of a figure like Adolf Hitler is to understand the concept of megalomania, state that characterized many characters in the history of humanity, who tried to immortalize through architecture.

In the case of the powerful Nazi Hitler tried to turn on the Thousand Year Reich, the executive arm of much of this project was the architect Albert Speer, who worked on the project of a new nation.

Albert Speer and his feet left fascinated Hitler (admirer of ancient empires) presenting their architectural design with the concept of “ruin value”, a definition that sought to design buildings and monuments that the destroyed ruins to become aesthetically pleasing after thousands of years. In parallel to this project, thousands of engineers and builders under the wing of the Reich turned Germany into an almost invincible power promoting new technologies, especially in the military field.

In 1941, he launched a series of children’s books that showed the promising future. The “Durch die Welt weite vol. XIX “(roughly translated as” Through the wide world “), was one of them, and was illustrated with a series of posters showing some of the progress that could be enjoyed in the future of a national project to their own leader led to ruin.

Link: Cities of the future imagined in the past: Nazi Germany

Venus Project

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Why this project has always been as interesting as controversial? Perhaps the contradictions that presents a utopian concept of “start from scratch” have made the Venus Project lost credibility over time, despite its strength as an idea for the future.

Jacque Fresco and Roxanne Meadows wife, two Americans who decided to go after the dream of a perfect new and sustainable society under the name of Project Venus (Venus Project) were the mentors of this idea was intended to ensure that the resources of the Earth to become the heritage of all humanity in a system of equal, no rich, poor, crime and competition.

Link: Cities of the future imagined in the past: Venus Project

The year 2000

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The curiosity of the great artists and inventors of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries made some very interesting concepts for developments that would follow. Among these artists, highlighted an unknown Frenchman named Albert Robida, illustrator and inventor who experts said could be compared to Jules Verne, with the added value that integrated the extraordinary advances Robida designed by Verne to everyday life, and even their customs (social outings, vacations, overcrowding, etc.) as well as the integration of women as an actor in Victorian society.

There were other illustrators of the future, probably not coincidentally, at a time when society was very curious about the future, but they were unprepared for the terrible way in which would, with two world wars in less than 50 years.

Link: Cities of the future imagined in the past: In 2000

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