We were intrigued with The New York Times' thorough tour and explanation of Disneyland's new House of the Future, the Disney Dream Home. Author David Rakoff describes it as "out of touch" and casino-like and from the story and pictures we couldn't agree more...
To be fair, at 5,000 square feet, the Dream Home dwarfs all it contains. It is plush and commodious, with nary a space-saving innovation in sight. Nothing is dual-purpose; nothing folds down into anything else. And nowhere is there even a tip of the hat to notions of green or sustainability.
The feeling of the Dream Home is of a dwelling from 2004, before the subprime mortgage crisis and $140-a-barrel oil. It is an exurban mausoleum, representing the kind of house that can be reached only by a decreasingly affordable car.
We would have been thrilled to see something in the spirit of New York Magazine's recent stories on Vertical Urban Farms or Skyfarming. There are so many innovative ideas floating around on the web, that the Disney Dream Home of the future, IS out of touch.
See for yourself and tell us what you think in the comments: The Future Knocks Again and don't miss the accompanying audio slideshow.
Images: J. Emilio Flores for The New York Times