Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Exit to Tomorrow: History of the Future, World's Fair Architecture, Design, Fashion 1933-2005 Hardcover – October 2, 2007
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
If you’re the author, publisher, or rights holder of this book, let ACX help you produce the audiobook.Learn more.
Top Customer Reviews
Two Fairs, Chicago (1933/4) and New York (1939/40) probably deserve the extensive coverage they get in the book. Both occurred at trying times and projected a bright future courtesy of science and both had huge attendances. After the Second World War fairs gradually changed from mechanical and science oriented to the problems and suggested solutions facing man in the modern world. Whatever the theme any fair allowed designers and architects to indulge in fantasy for a few months before the structures were torn down. Fortunately there are still standing reminders of these past futures: the Atomium, Brussels (1958) the Seattle (1962) Space Needle, the Unisphere from New York (1964) or Moshe Sadie's Habitat from Montreal Expo (1967) for example.
The book's sub-title: World's Fairs Architecture, Design, Fashion 1933--2005 is basically covered pictorially with two hundred photos or more. I thought this had an inherent editorial weakness because they are mostly PR shots and unfortunately the quality various enormously. I think a much more rigorous photo selection would have helped by deleting several of the soft focus or confusing images. Strangely there is a major omission: none of the Fairs have a site map.Read more ›
I could detail more errors but this is a review not a fact check, something that should have been done prior to publishing.
The rest of the text is minimal and cursory for a book claiming to be a "History of the Future...". If you are looking for interesting pictures, there are a few here that are not available elsewhere, but most are postcards and other commonly available images. The short shrift given some of the fairs like 1937 fair in Paris and more obviously the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco really detract from the book.
Overall, it's a picture book with words thrown in to fill space.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is informative on many levels - a good text and an excellent overview of 20th-century world's fairs-the source photographs and accompanying contemporary shots are... Read morePublished on March 21, 2012 by moustache
How sleek and efficient, happy and simple it all seems--even the idea of presenting the future at a *fair* of all places seems so democratically quaint! Read morePublished on March 20, 2012 by Melissa H. Pierson