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January 8, 2008 10:12 AM   Subscribe

Postcards from Our Awesome Future. [via] An art exhibition stemming from the minds of Packard Jennings (whose illustrations have appeared in Adbusters) and Steve Lambert (of Anti-Advertising Agency fame); using San Francisco's infrastructure as a model for improvement, the duo answered the siren call of Objectivism through an arcology devoid of “...budgets, beauracracy [sic], politics, or physics”.

While the final result owes more to MAD Magazine than Le Corbusier, Frederick Law Olmstead or Lebbeus Woods, it does capitalize upon the Utilitarian ideals of reknowned multitaskers.

Jennings and Lambert's works are also available for download.
posted by Smart Dalek (11 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
Wow. Great post and awesome link...except I can only see a tiny version of one piece? A crosstown zipline leaves me wanting much, much more!
posted by DU at 10:27 AM on January 8, 2008


The crosstown zipline image leaves me thinking, "Donald Trump vs. neckbeard."
posted by ardgedee at 10:34 AM on January 8, 2008


Here we go! Steve Lambert's site hosts large-ish images, with links to even bigger ones hosted on Flickr: Wish You Were Here
posted by ardgedee at 10:37 AM on January 8, 2008 [1 favorite]


What, no Rapture?
posted by shmegegge at 10:44 AM on January 8, 2008


Library train. Leopards in tubes. Yes.

Oh and they posted these out in public. Awesome. Why don't I live in SF?
posted by DU at 10:51 AM on January 8, 2008


So after eliminating the restrictions brought by budgets, bureaucracy, politics and physics, this is still the best they can come up with? How prosaic these fellows' imaginations are.

(Although the zipline "you're doing it wrong" drawing was funny.)
posted by Faint of Butt at 11:06 AM on January 8, 2008


Faint of Butt: Well, what animals have you put in tubes?
posted by mullacc at 11:22 AM on January 8, 2008


Underground motorways and corkscrew trams get my vote. And I guess it wouldn't make such accessible posters if your ideas were truly unrestricted by the laws of physics.
posted by hoverboards don't work on water at 11:25 AM on January 8, 2008


I'm always a curmudgeon about this, but can we just arrange city blocks so that side streets are all alleys behind homes, and front yards lead to common space and eventually to other person's front yards (except for emergency access?)

I dream of being able to live in a big city and still have my kids safely running down the street to a neighbor's house to join a hockey game without worrying about being hit by a car. That's really all I want from the future, I don't ask for much.
posted by davejay at 12:45 PM on January 8, 2008


Also, the zipline one made me think of this, which I didn't even know about until I made a wrong turn while visiting and suddenly found myself driving under it.
posted by davejay at 12:49 PM on January 8, 2008


but can we just arrange city blocks so that side streets are all alleys behind homes, and front yards lead to common space and eventually to other person's front yards (except for emergency access?)

Sure. We'll get right on it. It's just that no one had thought to ask before. Sorry for the inconvenience.
posted by shmegegge at 1:26 PM on January 8, 2008


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