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Lectures from the Allen Room and the Wertheim Study: Tomorrowland: Space Age Cities of the 1960s

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January 25, 2012

Program Locations:

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Auditorium
General Research Division

Rosemary Wakeman, a writer in residence in the Library’s Allen Room, and Professor of History at Fordham University and Author of The Heroic City: Paris, 1945-1958, will discuss the space age utopian visions of urban life that emerged in the 1960s.

The 1960s was an age of optimism and excitement about the future combined with the threat of atomic destruction. The result was a wild assortment of utopian visions of the city that symbolized both fantasies and fears. These space age reveries were a conflicted landscape of modern ideals and the tensions between architecture, environment and technology.

Tomorrowland forms part of Rosemary Wakeman’s new book on Cold War Utopias currently being written in the Allen Room at the New York Public Library.

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