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Neo-futurism is an early 21st century movement in the arts, design and architecture. It is a departure from the skeptical attitude of post-modernism connected with an idealistic belief in a better future.

The avant-garde movement[1] is a rethinking of the visual and functionality of the rapidly growing cities affected by a wide-scale urbanization. Neofuturist urbanists, architects, designers and artists believe in cities releasing emotions, driven by eco-sustainability, ethical values and implementing new materials and new technologies to provide a better quality of life for residents.


Pioneered from early 60s and late 70s by thought leader Hal Foster,[2] Finnish architect Eero Saarinen,[3][4] French architect Denis Laming, American architect Adrian Wilson[5] and Charles Luckman[6][7] and Danish architects Henning Larsen[8] and Jørn Utzon,[9] Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro,[10] theatre screenwriter Greg Allen[11] and Academy Award winner Chris Landreth, neo-futurism has been relaunched in May 2007 by innovation designer Vito Di Bari with the futuristic vision for the city of Milan at the time of the Universal Expo 2015 included in the candidature presented to BIE (Bureau of International Expositions):[12] a city of the future releasing emotions, improving the quality of life and driven by hidden next generation technologies[13] such as augmented reality, sensors, nanotechnologies, and robotics.



The definition came from the reference made by Vito Di Bari, a former UNESCO's Executive Director,[14] to the United Nations’ report Our Common Future;[15] his theory was originally inspired by nanotechnology and arts having a common ground in addressing the issues of sensory perception of values and reality.[16] He envisioned "the convergence of art, cutting edge technologies and ethical values", later defined by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava as "a fusion of architecture, art and engineering" [17] and by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels as "a pragmatic utopian architecture that takes on the creation of socially and environmentally perfect places".[18] NYU professor and modern architectural historian Jean-Louis Cohen has defined the rise of Neo-Futurism [19] as “a corollary to technology, being the structures built today byproducts of new materials to create previously impossible forms.”


Neo-Futurist architecture and art have been creatively inspired by English architect Norman Foster,[20][21] Iraqi-British Pritzker Prize architect Zaha Hadid,[22][23][24] Czech architect Jan Kaplický,[25] and Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava;[26][27][28] and Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor.[29][30] Italian Innovation Designer Vito Di Bari is considered the thought leader of the movement,[31] his vision of the “cross-pollination of art and technology for a better world” has been defined by Steve Jobs[32] as the "post-PC DNA"[33][34] and it is shared by acclaimed architects, designers and artists such as the youngest recipient ever of the Pritzker Architecture Prize Japanese Ryue Nishizawa,[35] Design for Asia Award 2004-7-9 Hong Kong architect Gary Chang,[36] Dutch architect Ben van Berkel [37] and kinetic sculptor Theo Jansen,[38] Brazilian architects Bruno de Franco,[39] and Rodrigo Othake; Lubetkin Prize Winner British Thomas Heatherwick,[40][41] Spanish architects Fermín Vázquez,[42] Enric Massip-Bosch;[43] Design for Asia Award 2008 Japanese Tokujin Yoshioka,[44][45] British architect Ian Simpson and urban-noise artist Joseph Young; American artists Erin Sparler,[46] Joey Deruy,[47] and Marlow Rodale;[48][49] Italian large-scale buildings artist Mario Arlati,[50] French architect Denis Laming,[51] British Designer of the Year winner 1996-7 and 2001-3 Lee Alexander McQueen, Polish intermedia artist Karina Smigla-Bobinski,[52] Tanzanian architect David Adjaye, Turkish artist Serdar Arat;[53] Australian designer Marc Newson and Studio-X artist Lawrie Masson.[54] and Israelis designer Ron Arad.



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