The idea of the future secure village in Switzerland designed by Markus Vögtlin is to reproduce a lifestyle from a younger era; in this case the 1950’s when these patients were younger and more aware of their surroundings. This project has brought up varied opinions on whether it is a good idea to have people in a kind of The Truman show setting, where shop assistants and postmen are in fact carers. The idea that people will be happier immersed in happy memories than stuck in the present has not won complete agreement.
Personally I think it’s a great idea, I can’t wait to reach an age where I can move in, even though it might not be for a few years yet, despite the occasional lapse where I flush dirty washing down the loo or put bleach bottles in the fridge.
In my town there will be regular Friday night discos, everyone will have big hair to blend in and the shops will be full of just 17 and space dust. We can drink Rise &Shine, the orange juice flavoured powder we used to get for a special treat at weekends, or even Bacardi and coke if we’re feeling racy. Posh dinners will consist of prawn cocktails and vienettas will be the perfect dessert for our false teeth. Of course there’ll be no Internet, no Facebook, no twitter, and we’ll spend our time playing Donkey Kong and Pacman.
Another advantage I’m looking forward to is that when you don’t want to talk to someone you can pretend you have forgotten who they are.