A Fair for the Future…?

With only a few days left to see the full Designing Tomorrow exhibition in Washington, Fred A. Bernstein’s proposal on Design Observer for a twenty-first century world’s fair in New York City is wonderfully fitting…and inspiring stuff.

Concept for a floating World's Fair at Governors Island by Chad Oppenheim (Design Observer)

Concept for a floating World's Fair at Governors Island by Chad Oppenheim (Design Observer)

The post comes almost one year to the day after former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger put his weight behind an idea for a Silicon Valley World Expo in 2020. The location of the expo still being proposed by the Bay Area Council–Moffett Field in Silicon Valley–may be less dramatic than Governors Island but its proximity to companies like Google and Yahoo could make it more attractive for other reasons.

Bay area leaders want to bring the 2020 World Expo to Silicon Valley's Moffett Field.

Bay area leaders want to bring the 2020 World Expo to Silicon Valley's Moffett Field. (c) Alamy

Whichever way things go – if they go at all – it will certainly be interesting to watch and see if we end up with yet another pair of fairs taking place simultaneously on both coasts.

American Airlines decal advertising the New York and San Francisco World's Fairs, c. 1939

American Airlines decal advertising the New York and San Francisco World's Fairs, c. 1939

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