Shimizu's Dream
June 1, 2010 9:55 PM   Subscribe

Shimizu's Dream: the Shimizu Corporation presents a set of "proposals for the benefit of up-coming generations." [via Pink Tentacle]
posted by brundlefly (23 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
This futurism is so futur-y I think my future futures just futured.
posted by mightygodking at 9:57 PM on June 1, 2010


I dunno. The way things are going lately, I think the Shimizu Corporation should get to work on Ohmu and spores for the Sea of Corruption.
posted by Auden at 10:06 PM on June 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


Its already 2010... we're late
posted by infini at 10:22 PM on June 1, 2010


These projects have my approval - get to it, Shimizu.
posted by unliteral at 10:59 PM on June 1, 2010


That lunar solar collector belt with microwave energy transmission to earth just screams for a supervillainy plan to commandeer the transmitters and use them to scorch the Earth.
posted by Hairy Lobster at 11:32 PM on June 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


oh man I want to live in whatever the hell this thing is
posted by clockzero at 11:36 PM on June 1, 2010 [2 favorites]


What's sad is that I already read all of these proposals, with isomorphically identical illustrations, in library books published in the 1970s. All of this stuff was supposed to be here by now. Where is my algae sandwich?

Also, {some cheap shot about lunar bases being made of concrete and Japanese architecture} amirite.
posted by No-sword at 12:33 AM on June 2, 2010


Hairy Lobster: "That lunar solar collector belt with microwave energy transmission to earth just screams for a supervillainy plan to commandeer the transmitters and use them to scorch the Earth."

If it's any consolation, we're already doing that. Can't find the citations right now but I recall it was something like focusing sunlight in space to a terrestrial solar power install on some island. Sure, there's precautions being made to prevent accidental casulties, but I assume the DoD is excited about anything that can cause casulties under dual use.
posted by pwnguin at 1:19 AM on June 2, 2010


oh man I want to live in whatever the hell this thing is

Yeah, it would be great living there. If you don't mind a giant naked blue guy walking by all the time.
posted by digsrus at 4:51 AM on June 2, 2010 [2 favorites]


what giant naked blue guy?
posted by infini at 4:53 AM on June 2, 2010


What I think is cool about these things is that, if we really wanted to, we could build them. It would take a giant's butt-load of resources and the collective effort of humanity, but if it was suddenly everyone's religion to get this shit done, it would happen.

Right?
posted by 3FLryan at 6:52 AM on June 2, 2010


as long as its not the same butt load of humanity trying to plug oil leaks, ship aid or offering seafood from the gulf... ja, why not?
posted by infini at 7:00 AM on June 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


Shimizu or Shizuma?
posted by munchingzombie at 7:04 AM on June 2, 2010


Am I really the only one seeing death star imagery on the page with the lunar garter belt?
posted by squasha at 7:19 AM on June 2, 2010


Am I really the only one seeing death star imagery on the page with the lunar garter belt?

THAT'S NO MOON... Oh wait, it is a moon. My bad.
posted by Greg Nog at 7:22 AM on June 2, 2010


I'm torn, the City in the Sky has sweet views, but Waterside seems more exclusive and has easier access to the beach resort.
posted by ejoey at 8:36 AM on June 2, 2010


For some reason, going in I was certain that this was going to be a viral for the next Cloverfield movie. But 1970s style mega-architecture will do.
posted by happyroach at 8:56 AM on June 2, 2010


what giant naked blue guy?

The glass pyramid kinda reminded me of Dr. Manhattan's flimsy getaway cottage in the Watchman movie before his girl friend had to go and wreck it on him.
posted by digsrus at 9:11 AM on June 2, 2010


Damn, I thought this post was gonna be about:


Jenny
posted by humboldt32 at 9:15 AM on June 2, 2010


^^^^^ NSFW

erm, sorry.
posted by humboldt32 at 9:16 AM on June 2, 2010


ookayyyy digsrus... whatevah... ;p
posted by infini at 10:10 AM on June 2, 2010


i want saltwater in my sand yesterday.

of course this will ruin the 'desert' as the best vacation place in the stupid world as mosquitoes will then populate the oasis. and birds. and a lot more people.

forget the future. the future will itch. LESS ITCHY FUTURE, PLEASE.
posted by artof.mulata at 2:00 PM on June 2, 2010


I like that someone is willing to vision such a sparkling future while we're going through this awkward stage for the 3rd or 4th century in a row.

Reminds me of a video I watched last night; Chomsky said to Foucault (towards the end)(transcript) ...

I would agree that we are certainly in no position to create a system of ideal justice, just as we are in no position to create an ideal society in our minds. We don't know enough and we're too limited and too biased and all sorts of other things. But we are in a position-and we must act as sensitive and responsible human beings in that position to imagine and move towards the creation of a better society and also a better system of justice.


If we want to go somewhere else it behooves us to do what we failed to do at the time of that debate: have a vision of where we want to go. If nobody's doing that, we'll get the default... which (if we're lucky) may be about 300,000 of us chasing wildebeests again.
posted by Twang at 6:31 PM on June 2, 2010


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