The description of the Science Zone is a poem:
"Buildings like crystals.
Walls of translucent glass.
Sheer glass blocks sheathing a steel grill.
No Gothic branch: no Acanthus leaf: no recollection of the plant world.
A mineral kingdom.
Forms as cold as ice.
Night in the Science Zone."
And yet for all the artificiality of it -- the buildings are concrete and the layout is geometric -- Ferris embeds organic aspects. Between the huge centers, buildings climb no more than six stories and they ascend insize towards the centers like "foothills." The roofs are covered in two feet of soil so trees can grow.
Ferris concludes his work: "Are we to imagine that this city is populated by human beings who value emotion and mind equally with the senses, and have therefore disposed their art, science and business centers in such a way that all three would participate equally in the government of the city?"
Ferris did much to influence our ideas about what the city of tomorrow should look like. But as new as his ideas were, it's clear that they're compelling for how they embody our ancient ideals, hopes and fears.