April 10, 2017

When the Future Was Plastics


Once upon a time they all said the future was going to be dominated by plastics.

For once "they" told the truth.


Built in Disneyland in 1957 as a joint project between Disneyland, Monsanto, and MIT, the House of the Future was constructed of 16 identical plastic shells that were fabricated off-site and then shipped to the building site for assembly.

 The home was meant to display technological marvels, such as the microwave oven and speaker phone, but mainly showed the many ways that plastics could be incorporated into home-building of the future.  Materials included:  Acrylon, melamine, rayon, vinyl (flooring), and even plywood.  Each of the four wings was capable of supporting 13 tons.  Besides showing off the wonders of plastic, this was an attempt to build a home of fewer but large parts rather than the current (and still current) method of building homes of many small parts. Monsanto House of the Future: When Our Future Was Made of Plastics



Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 10, 2017 11:16 PM
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Now MonSatan poisons us with abandon through GMOs, herbicides, pesticides, and artificial sweeteners. The Company sucks.

Posted by: JoeDaddy at April 11, 2017 3:14 AM

The dish storage trough collects dust.

Where the windows is?
You see em in the exterior view but not in the interior views. Leads to a confinement feeling.

I'd like to see the uplift anchors. They prolly didn't think such things mattered back then.

Sitting there on Tues night watching Rich and Laura on the 13 incher and suddenly you're mimicing Dorothy and Toto @ 10,000ft over Kansas, then on out to sea. Fiddle dee dee tomorrows another day....

Posted by: ghostsniper at April 11, 2017 4:11 AM

Acrylon and melamine,wonder if it smells plasticky inside on a hot summer day? Was airplane glue used in its construction? The future sure looked different back then.

Posted by: Nori at April 11, 2017 7:04 AM

In those times there were no plastic products, only cheap plastic products, cheap meaning inferior quality. People shunned them. Times change.

Posted by: billH at April 11, 2017 7:20 AM

Can you say Jetsons...

Posted by: Larry Geiger at April 11, 2017 7:33 AM

1280 square feet for a family of four? Back in the 50's, everybody had Tiny Houses!

Posted by: Mike Anderson at April 11, 2017 8:12 AM

It looks small and very unpleasant. I guess it would work maybe for people who do nothing at home but watch tv, eat and sleep and leave in the morning. I would have to have another one to keep my supplies for Doing Stuff in.

Posted by: pbird at April 11, 2017 8:47 AM

Brutally ugly. Courbusier would be jealous .

Posted by: Jewel at April 11, 2017 5:36 PM

Someone on Ace saw one of these stoves in a house they looked at:


Posted by: Teri Pittman at April 11, 2017 8:39 PM

It might really get interesting if that plastic house caught on fire. Probably like a burning car tire. You aren't going to put it out. It will have to burn itself out.

Posted by: Snakepit Kansas at April 12, 2017 3:41 PM

Given the amounts of polymers that are in the typical house nowadays it is no surprise that firefighters are in more danger from smoke/vapor inhalation than they are from structural collapse. Yes, it does get interesting when a modern house catches on fire.

Posted by: pfsm at April 13, 2017 5:43 PM