Environmental Film Festival Australia ACMI and the Environmental Film Festival Australia presents

The Experimental City

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“The Experimental City educates us to an important, relevant chapter in imaginative design.”


Proudly presented by the Environmental Film Festival Australia

In the 1960s, Athelstan Spilhaus – a visionary scientist and futurist comic strip writer – assembled a team of experts to develop a bold experiment: the Minnesota Experimental City (MXC). Frustrated by the growing problem of urban pollution, Spilhaus designed this new city to employ the latest technologies in communications, transport, pollution control and energy supply – all under a large-scale domed enclosure. But when a site in northern Minnesota is selected, politicians and sceptical scientists unite to challenge the project. With access to amazing recordings of committee meetings and taped interviews with Spilhaus himself, director Chad Freidrichs paints a most involving portrait of the man, the changing ‘60s and an idea that almost revolutionised the planet.

This film will be followed by a panel discussion - see effa.org.au for more information.