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Author Murphy, Douglas, author
Title Last futures : nature, technology and the end of architecture / Douglas Murphy
Imprint London ; New York : Verso, 2016
book jacket
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 Ethnology Library  NA2750 .M87 2016    AVAILABLE    30520020816295
Descript 234 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-226) and index
"In the late 1960s the world was faced with impending disaster: the height of the Cold War, the end of oil and the decline of great cities throughout the world. Out of this crisis came a new generation that hoped to build a better future, influenced by visions of geodesic domes, walking cities and a meaningful connection with nature. In this brilliant work of cultural history, architect Douglas Murphy traces the lost archeology of the present day through the works of thinkers and designers such as Buckminster Fuller, the ecological pioneer Stewart Brand, the Archigram architects who envisioned the Plug-In City in the '60s, as well as co-operatives in Vienna, communes in the Californian desert and protesters on the streets of Paris. In this mind-bending account of the last avant-garde, we see not just the source of our current problems but also some powerful alternative futures"-- Provided by publisher
Museums of the Future -- The City out of History -- Megastructure Visions -- Systems and Failures -- Cybernetic Dreams -- Reactions and Defeats -- Apocalypse Then -- Biospheres and the End
Subject Architectural design -- History -- 20th century
Architectural design -- Social aspects
Architecture -- Forecasting
ARCHITECTURE / Criticism. bisacsh
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development. bisacsh
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Future Studies. bisacsh
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