Designing the Future

A cybernetic city for the next century

By Jacque Fresco

Designer/engineer Jacque Fresco envisions a resource-based, technology-driven society that has outgrown the need for money. With assistant Roxanne Meadows, he’s working to realize his dream in Venus, Florida.

The government of the future? Model of The Venus Project's computerized system, dominated by 3-D virtual image of the Earth in real time. The image depicts global weather conditions, monitors the entire city, and is linked with national and international networking communications. It is located in the city central dome so information is available to everyone.

The government of the future? Model of The Venus Project’s computerized system, dominated by 3-D virtual image of the Earth in real time. The image depicts global weather conditions, monitors the entire city, and is linked with national and international networking communications. It is located in the city central dome so information is available to everyone.

The world’s present problems cannot be solved within the framework of today’s social institutions. They cannot be solved politically or financially, because they are technical in nature. We are now at a time when transitional decisions should be considered that could permit us to evolve from our present culture of scarcity, waste, and environmental distractions to a caring society of ecological concern and abundance.

Jacque Fresco invites comparison with the late R. Buckminster Fuller and Paolo Soleri.

All three may be classed as comprehensive designers seeking to realize in practical terms their grand visions of a better future world. All three dreamed on a grandiose scale and then struggled with the nitty-gritty details of realizing their great dreams โ€” at least in some measure โ€” in concrete form.

Among frescoes inventions and designs are systems for noiseless and pollution free aircraft, an electrostatic system for the elimination of sonic boom, prefabricated aluminum houses, and a technique for reviewing three-dimensional motion pictures without the use of eyeglasses.

Bucky Fuller left behind a rich legacy that includes his geodesic domes, dymaxion maps, and World Game. Paolo Soleri has toiled for years to build his ideal MegaCity in the Arizona desert. And Jacque Fresco is doing much the same with The Venus Project in Venus, Florida.

โ€” The Editors