Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Labyrinthine City

Imagine a city for 400 million inhabitants, a labyrinth 650 miles square... ONECITY

The Opaque Civilization - ONECITY - Will Insley

The artist Will Insley did; a huge project exhibited as architectural drawings (paper architecture) and explanatory notes at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1984 - "situated" between the Mississippi and the Rockies its main residential blocks will form the Outer City: 14,000 square nine-story buildings, 2.5 miles per side, divided into an 'Over-building' and an 'Under-building' with up to nine underground levels. Located in the center is a single building known as the Inner City. At the heart of the Inner City is the "Opaque Library" containing the secrets of the city, which no one may enter.

The Opaque Civilization - ONECITY - Will Insley
The Opaque Civilization - ONECITY - Will Insley

The artist described his own interests as having "very little to do with advanced planning theories of the present" and no relation really at all to the "utopias of the future, but rather with the dark cities of mythology, which exist outside of normal times in some strange location of extremity."

The Opaque Civilization - ONECITY - Will Insley
The Opaque Civilization - ONECITY - Will Insley

"These mythic fragments of a city that never was thus take their artistic power more from suggestion—of possible archaeologies and future extensions, impossible events this civilization of the plains might yet undergo—rather than any sense of intended realizability." -- BLDGBLOG

More info on http://thenonist.com/ & http://bldgblog.blogspot.com/

WILL INSLEY'S VISIONS OF A LABYRINTHINE CITY - NYTimes.com

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