Since the dominance of streets by cars at the beginning of the 20th century, American designers have persistently envisioned a future of better-designed cities navigated by futuristic vehicles.
The Futurama exhibit was one of the most popular pavilions in the 1939 World’s Fair. Designed by Norman Bel Geddes, the huge diorama presented a section of the U.S. revitalized with improved and expanded highways. The miniature streets, towns, homes, and vehicles imagined a future designed for a continually improving automobile that would be increasingly important to daily life.
It is credited
Smithsonian Libraries, T785 K1G32 1939.
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Its dimensions are
18 × 41.5 cm (7 1/16 × 16 5/16 in.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility.