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house of the future

credit: Monsanto house of the future

This is a series where I take my lectures presented as adjunct professor teaching sustainable design at Ryerson University School of Interior Design in Toronto, and distill them down to a sort of Pecha Kucha slide show of 20 slides that take about 20 seconds each to read.

One of the buildings that inspired me to become an architect was the Monsanto House of the Future, built at Disneyland in 1957. "It was the permanence, the durability of plastic that made the Monsanto house a marvel," writes Bernard Cooper in his book Maps to Anywhere." It was an era where we believed in "Better living through chemistry", that our problems could be solved with plastics. Insert Graduate joke here.
Watch a great video of the house here.

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