The Futuro house, built in 1969 out of plastic, and once housed behind the Design Center in San Diego, reflects the optimism during the exciting era of space exploration when people believed technology could solve all problems for the human race. From Disneyland’s 1959 Monsanto House of the Future, to Japan’s 1963 Sekisui Cabin, to Matti Suuronen’s 1969 Futuro house and finally to Elbert Speidel’s modular 1972 Poly-Pods, these projects epitomize Space Age style, a period of optimistic, futuristic aesthetics when earthbound designers of plastics let their creative spirits soar into orbit – and we gladly went along for the ride.
Come hear architect Milford Wayne Donaldson FAIA as he traces the historical development of Plastics in Architecture, with a focus on the social context and preserving the Futuro house and Poly-Pods. Designed as permanent homes and constructed entirely out of reinforced plastic, at the time a new, lightweight and inexpensive material, the Futuro and Poly-Pods were easy to transport and construct, or were they? Join him on his journey to go boldly where no man has gone before, as he faces challenges of designing, development, transporting, restoring plastic materials, code compliance, and looking towards the future of preserving these unique cultural resources. Wear your favorite space suit and become a blast from the past as we celebrate the imagined future that almost happened.
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged as seating is limited.
Includes beer/wine ticket and light reception with Mr. Donaldson.