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Retro-Future NYC: What New York Could Have Become

May 31st, 2012

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What would New York have looked like, if the futuristic visions of innovative thinkers in the late-19th to mid-20th century had become reality? Midtown Manhattan could have been enclosed within a dome, as imagined by Buckminster Fuller. The Hudson River could have an enormous bridge with towers that reach hundreds of feet into the air. And of course there’s personal aircraft involved. Oobject shares some of the most outrageous and intriguing of these predictions.


Nuke-Proof Underground New York

Colossal Hudson Bridge

Depression-era aesthetics crash into wild fantasies of New York in 1980, with massive 16-lane highways, vertical architecture full of terraces and lots of inexplicable ‘high-tech’ equipment.

Elevated Railway System Leading to Lady Liberty

Buckminster Fuller’s Geodesic Dome

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