Back in the 1960s, renowned scientist, inventor and comic-strip author Athelstan Spilhaus set out to solve ubran problems with his ambitious, futuristic Minnesota Experimental City (MXC) project. This was intended to address growing urban pollution, urban decay, ‘white flight’ to the suburbs and a growing US population requiring more cities. It would employ the newest technologies in communications, transport, pollution control and energy supply in an attempt to create more liveable cities for the twenty-first century. This documentary explores why it failed.
It’s screened as part of the Cities, Future Cities and Film season and wil lbe gollowed by a panel discussion including Darran Anderson (author of Imaginary Cities) and Jonathan Carr (author of Make Me A City: a novel of Chicago).