A Brief History of the Future
How visionary thinkers changed the world and tomorrow’s trends are ‘made’ and marketed
‘A Brief History of the Future is wise and witty with great stories about the characters who would see the future and their sometimes outrageous ideas. Best of all, it illuminates the past of the future.’
John Naisbitt, Megatrends
From Delphi’s virgin visionaries, to science fiction writers, pop futurists, trend gurus and evolutionary experts – this book takes a look at the most interesting and influential figures and what their predictions have done for us. The brilliant, beautiful and sometimes terrifying ideas of visionary thinkers such as Leonardo, Darwin, Orwell and Dawkins have played a key part in influencing our minds, politics and civilization to date.
Today, futurism is all around us – in institutes of higher education around the world futures studies are a hot subject. Governments of nations as small as Liechtenstein have shiny new futures departments, while think-tanks and consultants wield huge influence. Entrepreneurs and politicians are trying to buy a hold on the future – and the question is, do we make the future, or does the future make us? This unique and fascinating book looks behind the scenes at how tomorrow’s trends are being identified, ‘made’ and marketed today.
Carroll & Graf Publishers, 320 pages, paperback, EUR 13,90.- (March 2007)
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Home Report 2019
In Home Report 2019 — the first issue of an annual report — future building and and living expert Oona Horx-Strathern takes a critical look at the trends and changes in our living spaces and their effects on the economy, the building industry and society.
It identifies the most important living and design trends, identifies the biggest challenges and sustainable strategies in the housing sector, exposes the true challenges of smart home systems and introduces inspiring architects, planners and designers whose innovative ideas and future-oriented thinking will create better homes for the future.
The Evolution of the Home of tomorrow:
From Bauhaus to the Future House
What does modern architecture tell us about how we live? Is our home like a badly fitting suit – or is it an adaptable system that evolves as we do. The evolution of the contemporary home is the story of social and cultural change, but also of the power of architecture and design over our lives. This is a book for anyone who is searching for a sense of home, who is trying to plan, renovate or build one, or who dreams of doing so. It offers hope, ideas, warnings, advice and some predictions about how we think we will, should or could live in the foreseeable future.
You can order directly from the author, please send an email to: Michaela Németh.
The Kindle edition is available at: www.amazon.co.uk