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Going Backward into 2000 (1966)

This clip from the 1966 radio documentary 2000 A.D. is of a short interview with Philip Johnson, an architect that designed the John F. Kennedy Memorial in Dallas, Texas.

Mr. Johnson sounds quite pessimistic about the future of American cities but ends the interview with an oddly optimistic tone. Below are excerpts from the interview.

How about innovations for the American home? How will we be keeping ourselves warm or cool?

I don't believe in innovation. I think we'll probably go slightly backward in that regard. We've had too much and we can't keep the air-conditioning systems running that we've put in.

What about green grass and trees and fresh water and clean air?

Ah, green grass and clear water and beautiful air . . . it's a nice dream, uh, are we going to have it or not I think depends on what the people of America want.

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2000 A.D. Radio Documentary (1966)

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Reader Comments (2)

He was quite on the mark, too, as to the cities and to air pollution!

September 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I, for one, am a firm believer in "innovation", and fuly intend to keep my a/c, and encourage all others to do the same.

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

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