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THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE: The Bedroom of Tomorrow, Tomorrow!

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I dunno. Anyone like the idea of sleeping in work-cubicle things like this? "Sleepicles?" Or pods? What are your thoughts. A bit of feeback, if you please. Just click on through to see it.

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THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE: "The Dune House of Sarasota"

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There's a lot we don't know about the future, a lot we can't predict, many things that frighten us, and many things we hope for, but fear will never be. But if you lived in the middle third of the 20th century, there was one thing that was certain about the future: We won't live in houses. Under the sea, on the moon, perhaps in baloons, in domes, whatever, but we certainly wouldn't live in boring little old crackerbox houses like the one outside your window right now.

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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: Buckminster Fuller

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Wrapping up our featurette on R. Buckminster Fuller (For now) is this fun little museum tour of some of his classic ideas: it includes models and designs, including what I like to call "The Trailer Park of the Future." Click through, or have your life remain meaningless.

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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: The Sculptured House

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If you've seen Woodie Allen's 1973 SF comedy "Sleeper" then this house will probably look familiar to you. It was one of the major locations in the movie. Designed and built in 1963, you'll need to click through to find out more about it.

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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: The House of Tomorrow in Parody Form

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This mediocre 1946 MGM cartoon - but then aren't all MGM cartoons kinda' mediocre? - is a deliberate parody of those "House of Tomorrow" shorts and displays from World's Fairs.
Despite the lack of inspiration in this, I totally dig the 40s animation style and the whole late-deco look of it all.

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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: The House of Tomorrow, 2008 style

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A 4-minute film promoting Disney's current "House of Tomorrow."

I'll admit this house is a whole heck of a lot more homey and livable than the 1957 version, but it lacks that "in the not too distant future..." sense you get from the slightly sterile 50s stuff. It doesn't feel like a set in an SF movie, and that's what all "Houses of Tomorrow" should have, quality wise.
Even so, I wouldn't mind living in something like this. Those video tabletops are especially sweet. Click through to see.

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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: The House of Tomorrow, 1957 Style

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This was an A-ticket display at Disneyland from 1957 to 1967

These things are never terribly good at portraying the future, of course, but they are really good at giving us a window in to what people want. In fact, I still think most of that is kinda' schwee, particularly the powered cabinets and the adjustable sink. Conversely, the thought of a million people a year trying out the electric razor and the toothbrush is just nasty. Seriously: Click through and see how cringe-inducing that is.

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