soviet retrofuture

From: Tekhnika Molodezhi, 1967, Russia.

This is an Arcology, a colossal building envisioned by science fiction writers as being a city onto itself, so huge that a person never needs to actually leave, with hundreds of thousands of inhabitants each, packed like sardines.

Usually, I express admiration for concepts science fiction visionaries of the past came up with, and I am usually sorry they never came to be. With this one, I am glad it didn’t, because living like an ant without seeing the sun sounds like a horrible dystopia. I am delight it was replaced by the modern idea of living around well-maintained greenery, where cities have lots of parkland and trees.