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Have a look at these views of 'now' produced in 1900. Have any of them become true? Or what do we have instead?

A View of Now from the Past - Click on the images to see a larger version.

Roofed Cities
Moving House
Boat Trains
Personal Airship
Postcards from circa 1900 produced by Hildebrands (a leading German chocolate company of the time). | Source
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A Vision of the Future from the 1939 New York World's Fair


The floating cities that could one day house climate change refugees

By Daily Mail Reporter, 4th July 2008

At first glance, they look like a couple of giant inflatable garden chairs that have washed out to sea. But they are, apparently, the ultimate solution to rapidly rising sea levels.

This computer-generated image shows two floating cities, each with enough room for 50,000 inhabitants. Based on the design of a lilypad, they could be used as a permanent refuge for those whose homes have been covered in water. Major cities including London, New York and Tokyo are seen as being at huge risk from oceans which could rise by as much as 3ft by the end of this century.

The 'Lilypad City' would float around the world as an independent and fully self-sustainable home. With a lake at its centre to collect and purify rainwater, it would be accessed by three separate marinas and feature artificial mountains to offer the inhabitants a change of scenery from the seascape.

Power for the central accommodation hub is provided through a series of renewable energy sources including solar panels on the mountain sides, wind turbines and a power station to harness the energy of the waves. The city will actually produce much more energy than it consumes and be entirely 'zero-emission' as all the carbon-dioxide and the waste will be recycled.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the global sea level is expected to rise between nine and 88 centimetres by 2100, with a 'best estimate' of 50 centimetres. On low-lying Pacific islands such as Tuvalu, Kiribati or the Maldives, the highest point is only two or three metres above current sea levels.

There are also tens of millions of people living in low-level coastal areas of southern Asia, such as the coastlines of Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Burma, who would be in danger.

Adapted from Source


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Either draw or using cut out images from the Internet to make a collage - produce your vision of future cities.
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Different Views of the Future

The Jetsons (Produced in 1962, set in 2062)
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