My heaviest dose of ‘Futuristic Modernism’; was experienced at Expo ’67 in Montreal; the international fair that thrust what had been a provincial Canadian capital onto a world stage. After Expo, Montreal was aligned with ideas of Future-Present, transforming the Francophone city it into a global destination. It’s brand-new spacious and airy cast-concrete Metro had just opened, as had the Center for the Arts. The domed Bucky Fuller U.S. pavilion, a steel and plastic structure, that presided over the fairground was amongst the most daring; a sign of things to come; as if to say ‘Yes! We will live in domes, travel by monorail, and conquer space, SOON!’ The model housing complex Habitat, by Israeli–Canadian architect Moshe Safdie, was designed to integrate the benefits of suburbia ¬–gardens, fresh air, privacy, and multi-leveled environments– with the economics and density of urban apartments. Once a beacon of possibility for the masses, it is now expensive condos. While the Future aint was it used to be, these remnants of the Future taken from my recent visit to Montreal, and what it promised, do not diminish the possibility that some of this stuff is still out there, waiting to be mined.

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