This essay examines the history of futurism and the appeal and difficulty of predicting the future. It considers the difference between the Cold War-era futurism of making predictions and the more contemporary style of shaping and building the future piece by piece.
The Future of Futurism: A view from the garden, looking to the stars
Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft is an intellectual historian and writer whose work has appeared in Gastronomica, History and Theory and other journals and magazines. Formerly a postdoctoral fellow at the New School, he is currently a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at MIT, where he is starting a new project on food, biotechnology and the history of the future.
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Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft; The Future of Futurism: A view from the garden, looking to the stars. Boom 1 December 2013; 3 (4): 35–45. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2013.3.4.35
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