Seeing as this class is about smart planning for the future I see no better example of that than the structural designer, architectual designer, and futurist Jacque Fresco. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1916 he is a self taught designer and inventor who’s idea of a “resource based economy” where goods, services, and information is free is nothing short of brilliance.

Trend Home

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Around 1940 Fresco was hired by Earl Muntz, Michael Shore, and Ben Reyes to build a new low cost form of housing where low cost is emphasized, is composed of available materials, functional and avoids radicalism. With these criteria in mind Fresco made the Trend Home one of the first all glass aluminum structures. It was 930 square feet and there were 21 variations in designs. The structure coud be built by ten men in eight hours, it had a high resistance to earthquake and directional shock despite it being mostly made of glass. Interlocking pieces secured stability and they were bolted onto a concrete slab. Thermal siphoning was used for ventilation and ultraviolet was used to eliminate germs and odors. Laundry hamper and wash basin, toilet, and bath were all installed together into a single aluminum unit. A high- frequency stove cooker and supersonic dishwasher were extra if you wanted to pay additional. The house cost approximately 5,200 dollars. This is about a tenth of the cheapest house you can find anywhere.

Ocean Cities (Abstract Idea)

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Aside from the trend home Jaque Fresco has many other inventions. Including the model of many cities in the ocean. These cities are unique to their region to maximize efficiency with the space that they are in, some power themselves with photovoltaic cells, some have a center greenhouse where you can grow food hydroponically it varies by the site of the city. These cities have ports and helipads for communication, also they can be interlocked so more than once city could be together at a time. This idea could also be used in a smaller scale where instead of a city we build a hospital and ship it to different third world countries that need the help, when the country no longer needs the hospital the hospital can be shipped somewhere else that needs it. If we actually take these ideas into account and implement them we could fundamentally change the way we plan for structures as a whole.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacque_Fresco

http://www.thevenusproject.com/images/stories/Looking-Forward-v2.pdf

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Venus_Project#Resource-based_economy

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