Urban Planning Film & Discussion Series: The Experimental City (2017)

Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Building 3, 3-133
33 MASSACHUSETTS AVE, Cambridge, MA 02139

Urban Planning Film Seminar screening/discussion.

The Experimental City (Chad Freidrichs, 2017)
Thur 2/29 @ 6pm
Room 3-133

The Experimental City is a documentary about the Minnesota Experimental City project, a futuristic attempt to solve urban problems by creating a full-size city from scratch in the isolated woods of northern Minnesota.  This new city would employ the newest technologies in communications, transport, pollution control, energy supply – even large-scale domed enclosure – in an attempt to create more livable cities for the 21st Century.

At the heart of the story is renowned scientist, inventor and comic-strip author Athelstan Spilhaus, who dreams of a new kind of planned city – a truly experimental city that continuously changes to find workable urban solutions. It was a compelling vision, with powerful backers, hundreds of experts, and its own state agency.

But not everyone fell in line with this newfangled vision for the future…

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