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By today’s standards, yesterday’s vision of tomorrow looks a little antiquated. But, if architectural designer Jacque Fresco’s drawings of sleek monorails, underwater houses, and sustainable cities look more like something out of The Jetsons than The Matrix, cut him a little slack—the guy is 91 years old, after all. Fresco—the subject of William Gazecki’s documentary, Future by Design—grew up during the Great Depression; his designs all share the similar goal of maximizing Earth’s most abundant natural resources in order to create an energy-efficient society in which all are provided for. Gazecki’s film “explores Fresco’s world of the future, where scientific method, not politics, rules world operations, and all human activities and efforts are directed towards achieving dynamic equilibrium between man and nature.” Sounds a little hokey, sure—but Fresco’s visions are certainly more optimistic than the dystopian society many people have begrudgingly accepted as mankind’s destiny. The film shows at 7 p.m. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $20. (202) 639-1770.