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August 25, 2015 AT 9:00 am

What The City Of The Future Looked Like In 1925 #makereducation

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Take a look back at predictions made in 1925 about the future of urban design and engineering! Via FastCoExist.

Even today, predictions of the future feature flying cars, Blade Runner-style advertising hoardings, and other conspicuous technology. But in the August 1925 issue of Popular Science magazine, then-president of the Architectural League of New York, Harvey W. Corbett, not only made uncannily-accurate forecasts of today’s cities, he had some design ideas which are finally beginning to become real.

Corbett’s plans, beautifully illustrated in pen and ink for the magazine piece, and dug up by Core77, show various ways of dealing with his most accurate prediction—that cities would grow ever more crowded. It seems that the prevailing view at the time was that cities would experience “decentralization,” but Corbett insisted that 1920s-era architects should instead concentrate on handling increases in population and traffic.

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