Monday, April 23, 2007

About Cities

Amid the cultural and political ferment of 1960s France, a group of avant-garde architects, artists, writers, theorists, and critics known as "spatial urbanists" envisioned a series of urban utopias, phantom cities of a possible future. The utopian "spatial" city most often took the form of a massive grid or mesh suspended above the ground, all of its parts (and inhabitants) circulating in a smooth, synchronous rhythm, its streets and buildings constituting a gigantic work of plastic art or interactive machine. In this new urban world, technology and automation were positive forces, providing for material needs as well as time and space for leisure.

Visionary architect and artist Yona Friedman from his “Spatial City” drawings from 1958.

Yona Friedman. Spatial City, Elevated Blocks, project, Paris, France, Perspective. 1959. Ink and graphite on tracing paper, 50.2 x 64.8 cm

6 comments:

Princess Haiku said...

Interesting.

Gerard Betriu said...

hi from barcelona. I've been recently working on a project and I made an interview to Yona Friedman last agust. You can see it in: www.inhabitedmindmapping.net
congratulations for your blog. Greets from Barcelona.

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