Thursday, July 12, 2012

three years after the Jetson’s

See the ClockTower?

Oscar Wilde wrote in 1889 that "Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life" about three years after our Bronx ClockTower.

This is in Chicago. Find the tall buildings in the center that look like corncobs.

Chicago’s Marina City Complex is right across the river from Wacker Drive.

The lower floors are parking garage.

Architect Bertrand Goldberg completed their design in 1959 and the buildings themselves in 1964. At the time they were the tallest concrete structures in the world.

The upper floors are private homes with scalloped outdoor terraces.

By 1965, our New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects had given a prize for design innovation.

But the Jetson’s got there first, in ’62.

The Jetsons, 1962


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