Model Cities, Urban Imaginaries

Posted: February 29th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Brian | 1 Comment »

Ryder Henry, an Ithaca-based artist and friend of mine, has built a giant model city out of cardboard and other post-consumer waste. It consists of an eerie combination of architecture of the past’s future, the present’s future, and future’s future. Also, a scale model of their house is there (I bet you can pick it out). Here’s a video of the city: I think the Serbo-Croatian language tape adds a really nice touch.

I tricked you, it’s not really that big. The entire city sits on the kitchen table at Ryder and his girlfriend Maya’s apartment. I took photos of it for an hour or so, and kept on finding new interesting spaces. I imagined myself to be an aerial photographer.

This city reminds me, in some ways, of the Situationist architect Constant Nieuwenhuys’ New Babylon– a city of slow and continuous flux, displacement, and constant drifting through space. What if we had a city where our lived space sustained constant programmatic shifts? Would it push us into a ludic state of constant creativity? Could we imagine a city that was disruptive and playful, predictable only in its unpredictability? Whoa dude.

One Comment on “Model Cities, Urban Imaginaries”

  1. 1 brosa said at 11:51 pm on February 29th, 2008:

    Sorry to the people that left comments on this post- I had to re-format this entry, and when I reposted it I had to delete the old one. Well… maybe I didn’t have to and I just messed up. Either way, please keep commenting, it’s appreciated!

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