Jacque Fresco's professional background includes work as a designer in the aerospace industry, human factors engineering, industrial design, and architectural design. His other occupations have included research engineer, technical illustration instructor, technical design consultant, psychological consultant, science educator, inventor, futurist, filmmaker, and author.
Fresco's interdisciplinary training has led to countless innovations ranging from small biomedical instruments to massive total city systems. His integration of science, art, philosophy, and social engineering has constituted a consilient vision for planetary planning that he called a Global Resource Based Economy.
Across his lifetime, Fresco communicated his vision through five books, seven self-produced films, and innumerable presentations to civic groups, film festivals, conferences, and universities across the United States and in over 25 countries worldwide. Many of these presentations are preserved in thousands of hours of recorded media. His work has been featured in over 1,000 publications and 20 widely acclaimed films.
Fresco's presentations reflect a serious attempt to both illuminate the causes of social problems and to outline a wide variety of constructive alternatives. His particular lecture technique enables uninformed audiences to grasp the significance of complex social and technical issues through his use of analogy, example, anecdote, and visual illustration in an informal style.
In 1971, Fresco founded Sociocyberneeing, a not-for-profit organization, and in 1995 co-founded the culmination of his lifework, The Venus Project. Starting in 1980, together with his associate Roxanne Meadows, they constructed ten buildings based on his designs, establishing a twenty-one acre center in Venus, Florida. Here they produced videos, books, models, renderings, blueprints and much more depicting Fresco’s designs of future possibilities.
Prior to Fresco’s death on May 18th, 2017, the United Nations acknowledged his contributions by bestowing an award to him for Sustainable City Design and Community.
Aircraft Designer for the Northrop Division of Douglas Aircraft, Los Angeles, California, 1939
Design consultant to Gilbert McGill and Rotor Craft Helicopter Company, Los Angeles, California, 1939
Design consultant to Fred Landgraf for Landgraf Helicopter Co., Los Angeles, California
Co-creator of Revel Plastics Company with Lou Glaser, 1941
Designer in the Army Air Force Design and Development Unit, Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio, 1941-1944
Design Developer of experimental equipment for behavioral scientist, Keller Breland
Director of Scientific Research Laboratories, Los Angeles, California, 1945-1955
Architectural Designer of pre-fabricated industrial buildings for Houser Industrial Co., Los Angeles, California
Architectural Designer for Trend Homes, Inc., Los Angeles, California, 1945-1948
Design Developer of three-dimensional projection systems for Paramount producer Jack Moss, 1949
Research Engineer for Raymond De-Icer Corp., Los Angeles, California, 1951-1952
Technical Consultant to the Motion Picture Industry, including technical advisor and effects creator for the film Project Moonbase (1953) written by Robert A. Heinlein; for Encyclopaedia Britannica Films for Joe Stoneman Productions; and for Camera Eye Pictures, Inc., for the film, The Naked Eye (1956), which won the Robert J. Flaherty Award for creative film documentary and was nominated for an Academy Award.
Colleague and work associate of Donald Powell Wilson of Los Angeles, the noted psychologist who wrote My Six Convicts.
Industrial Design Instructor at the Art Center School in Hollywood, California
Design Consultant for Major Realty Co. and Aluminum Co. of America (Alcoa), 1961
Design Developer of electronic devices for the Parkinson’s Institute of Miami, 1965-1966
Creator of Jacque Fresco Enterprises, Inc. for the development of prefabricated aluminum devices, 1967-1968
Founder and Director of Sociocyberneering, Inc., Miami, Florida, the forerunner to the Venus Project, 1971-1994Founder of The Venus Project, Venus, Florida, 1994-present
Looking Forward co-authored with Kenneth Keyes Jr., (1969) A.S. Barnes & Company
Introduction to Sociocyberneering, (1977) Sociocyberneering, Inc. (out of print)
Structural Systems and Systems of Structure, (1979) Sociocyberneering, Inc. (out of print)
The Venus Project: The Redesign of a Culture, (1995) Global Cybervisions *World Future Society best-sellerAnd The World Will Be One, (1997) (unpublished)
The Best That Money Can’t Buy: Beyond Politics, Poverty & War, (2002) Global Cybervisions
Designing the Future, (2007) The Venus Project, Inc.
The Venus Project: The Redesign of a Culture (1994) – produced, directed, and edited with Roxanne Meadows
Welcome To The Future (2001) [Trailer | Deluxe] – produced, directed, and edited with Roxanne Meadows
Cities In The Sea (2002) [Trailer | Deluxe] – produced, directed, and edited with Roxanne Meadows
Self-erecting Structures (2002) [Trailer | Deluxe] – produced, directed, and edited with Roxanne Meadows
Designing the Future (2006) – produced, directed, and edited with Roxanne Meadows
Paradise or Oblivion (2012) [Trailer | Full | Deluxe] – produced, directed, and edited with Roxanne Meadows.
Designs and Inventions
Many of these projects have been patented and have had wide commercial acceptance.Systems for noiseless and pollution free aircraft, 1939-1944
Boundary layer control and electrodynamic methods for aircraft control that dispenses with ailerons, elevators, rudders, and flaps, 1939-1944
Experimental equipment for behavioral scientist, Keller Breland, circa 1945
Pre-fabricated industrial buildings for Houser Industrial Co., circa 1945
12 variations of an aluminum “Trend Home”, a prefabricated house designed and developed for Mike Shore, Earl Muntz, Dan Rayes, and Harry Mayslish, of Trend Homes, Inc., 1945-1948
Numerous components and systems for architectural construction, 1946-1961
A new structural bracing system for aircraft wings, commissioned by the U.S. Air Force, 1947
Principle technique for three-dimensional x-ray units and for viewing three-dimensional film and television projection without the use of glasses, for Paramount producers Jack Moss and Irving Yergin, offered to Technicolor, 1949
Electrostatic system controls for aircraft and the elimination of sonic boom for Raymond De-Icer, 1951-1952
Electrostatic anti-icing system for Raymond De-Icer Co., 1951-1952
Twin Pontoon Outboard Surf Rider – 10′ long, weight 160 lbs., without motor developed for Joe AbaloePrefabricated aluminum “Sandwich” houses for Major Realty Corporation in collaboration with Aluminum Company of America, 1961
A three-wheel low cost motor vehicle developed for Charles Stuart Motor Co. of Miami, consisting of only 32 parts, 1961
Experimental electronic devices for The Parkinson’s Institute of Miami 1965-966
Structural Y-Frame Shelters developed for Allan Sanford of The Sanford Company, 1968
Medical Devices and prosthetics for Dr. Irving Fixel, 1974
A second three-wheel low cost motor vehicle developed for A.D. Bessemer, 1974
Dental equipment and office accessories for Dr. George GrahamVarious products, such as, the Volk Pipe, pre-fabricated extruded display cabinets, record reel dispenser for magnetic tapes, 180° hinge, vectograph displayer, enclosed sanitary sleeping chamber, ultraviolet germicidal lamp, serving tray, snap together lamp, high impact safety helmet, electronic surgical instruments for the medical field, 1941-1968
Numerous extruded aluminum devices, including, Utilitarian Draftsman Rack, Pencil Rack, Draftsman Scale – 12″ to 36”, Smokers Pipe Rack, Cigarette Holder, Dual Straightedge, Comb, 1967-68
Designed and built a wide variety of reinforced concrete structures, 1979-2007