Cities Today Seen By Past Generations


Cities Today Seen By Past Generations

Cities Today Seen By Past Generations
Cities Today Seen By Past Generations

Cities today turned out relatively different than people from 50 or 60 years ago envisioned them back then. The way people back then envisioned cities today to look like can as easily apply to how we would see our cities 50 years into the future. Now, even though some technologies envisioned back then do exist today in more or less the same form, our cities turned out relatively differently.

This is why Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell have recently published a book entitled “Never Built Los Angeles” that offers an incredible insight into how LA could have looked like or was imagined to look like by our past generation. The sketches found in the book can go as far back as the 1920’s and depict a Los Angeles totally different than the one around today.

Some of these plans include sunken roads, incredibly tall towers, colourful vertical lights and even an observatory. Another depiction even showed street taxis which were actually helicopters. This one, by the way, is not that far away actually. Now, looking at these depictions, we can see that things are not quite as they seemed back then. While in some areas, things have developed further than they were imagined 50 or even 90 years ago, in other areas we are still severely lacking.

The obvious question here is how will the world look like 50 or 100 years from now. Because, as it turns out, there’s one way we imagine things today, and totally another when they actually happen. Whatever the case may be, here are some of these depictions of cities today seen by people long ago.

LAX – 1952 – Pereira and Luckman. Image Credit: Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell
The future Manhattan, New York, envisioned by Richard Rummell circa 1910-1911.
This vision of New York City was published on December 30, 1900. Image Credit: New York World
The future of San Francisco, as envisioned by Alexander Weygers in 1950.


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