Los Angeles Times: The World of Syd Mead

WHAT WILL LOS ANGELES really look like in 25 years? Visual futurist Syd Mead imagines a city characterized by clean lines and high buildings–a crowded, busy place with sleek transportation tubes and few architectural remnants of the 20th Century. Mead’s bleak, decaying set design for “Blade Runner” is his best-known portrayal of the future Los Angeles. He’s also contributed to such forward-looking films as “TRON,” “2010,” “Short Circuit” and “Aliens.” The illustrations on these pages were designed for a never-produced CBS series called “LA 15.” Mead works from his knowledge of technology to ensure that the results aren’t too farfetched: “If the images aren’t believable, audiences won’t relate to them,” he says.

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