Issue 18


Graphic design by Plural
Cover by Stéphane Massa-Bidal

Unlikely futures envisioned in the past that never became a present. Improbable situations that, beating the odds, became the most tangible reality. Ambitious, grandiose and experimental, all these dreams and schemes radically challenged their present and envisioned a new future. They outlined principles for collective ambitions, defining new physical, political, economic and social organizations. Whether realized or not, these proposals hold valuable lessons for our present and future.

This issue explores the desires, ambitions and consequences of these unrealized futures, as well as the factors that drove the success or realization of unlikely proposals.

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Unlikely, but Possible

Issue statement by Iker Gil and Paul Mougey, editor in chief and editor of MAS Context respectively

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Futures: Expo Boston ‘76

Text and chronology by Michael Kubo, Chris Grimley, and Mark Pasnik

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Takis Zenetos: Unbuilt Tropes

Essay by Ethel Baraona Pohl, Elina Karanastasi, and Nikos Skoutelis based on a text by Nikos Skoutelis

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The Advanced Passenger Train

Short Essay by Tom James with photography by Theo Simpson

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Modern Masterpieces Revisited

Text and images by Luís Santiago Baptista

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A Bridge Way Too Far

Text and photographs by Lisa Hirmer

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You are One Lucky Son of a Bitch

Short Essay by Sparkle Hayter

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Notausgang 73

Essay by Evangelina Guerra Luján

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Netopias: Premonitions of Past Futures

Essay by Eva Papamargariti and Vassiliki-Maria Plavou

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The Possibility of a Purpose

Short Essay by Mike Peart

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Radiation and Telecom: Émission

Project by Jordan Geiger

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(Im)possible Chicagos

Hallucinatory joyrides through one hundred and twenty-five asynchronous Chicagos envisioned by Alexander Trevi