Future by Design Review

A modern-day Da Vinci – this is the story of Jacque Fresco

FUTURE BY DESIGN is a visually and intellectuals engaging exploration into one man’s vision of a future free from hunger, prisons and war. This documentary demonstrates a “possible future” with viable alternatives. Futurist Jacque Fresco is an outspoken and immediately liable character with practical insights into how our culture can evolve toward true sustainability, with technological advances focused on improving the human condition.

Future by Deisgn. color. 90 min. William Gazecki, DocFlix Inc., 2554 Lincoln Blvd., #298, Venice, CA 90291; 888-DOC-FLIX; www.fbdthemovie.com/order.html. 2006. DVD ISBN 978-1-4276-0841-3. $29.95 + $3.95 s/h. Contact distributor for public performance. soc sci

The work and ideas of Jacque Fresco, a veteran designer, inventor, author, and futurist, are the focus of Future by Design. Fresco claims responsibility for many innovative designs but couldn’t afford to patent them or couldn’t get enough backing to develop prototypes. A group of his dome buildings have been constructed in Venus, FL. In various interviews, Fresco is a font of ideas and images featuring flash technology of the near future. He promotes “sociocybernearing,” his plan to redesign human society along scientific lines to end war, crime and poverty. Fresco insists his vision is not Utopian, remarking, “We are not that civilized yet.” In that case, more rationality and more complex technology seem like odd solutions to the planet’s present situation. Fresco is often compared to our R. Buckminster Fuller, but in this presentation he lacks Fuller’s transcendence. A bonus DVD contains a photo gallery, interviews with the films animator and composer, an educators guide, and additional interviews. An optional purchase. – David R. Conn, Surrey, P.L., BC