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Jacque Fresco (March 13, 1916 – May 18, 2017) was an American futurist[1] and self-described social engineer.[2] Self-taught, he worked in a variety of positions related to industrial design.

Fresco wrote and lectured his views on sustainable cities, energy efficiency, natural-resource management, cybernetic technology, automation, and the role of science in society. He directed the Venus Project[5] and advocated global implementation of a socioeconomic system which he referred to as a "resource-based economy".[6][7]

Hans-Ulrich Obrist wrote that "Fresco's future may, of course, seem outmoded and his writings have been subject to critique for their fascistic undertones of order and similitude, but his contributions are etched in the popular psyche and his eco-friendly concepts continue to influence our present generation of progressive architects, city planners and designers."[70]

Fresco's work gained the attention of science fiction enthusiast and critic Forrest J Ackerman.[11] Fresco later attracted Star Trek animator, Doug Drexler, who worked with Fresco to produce several computer renderings of his designs.[71]

Commenting on Fresco, physicist Paul G. Hewitt wrote that Fresco inspired him toward a career in physical science.[34][72]

In July 2016, Jacque Fresco received a Novus Summit award for City Design/Community. Novus Summit is supported by UN DESA (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs).[73]

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