Sunday, 21 November 2010

The Future of Urban Architecture?

The closure of the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale gives the opportunity to consider the representation of the urban condition as displayed in a number of pavilions and installations. The cityscape of the future, and its suburban outposts, are predicted to be weirdly accumulated from commercial products and the grimly repeated repetitive architecture one can instantly recognise as the centres and peripheries of Springfield or even Shelbyville. 

They are cartoons, the timid response of the creative mind to the often hectoring diagrams and statistics which featured in the previous Biennale. Perhaps by the time of the the next opening in the Giardini the city will receive some serious representations and designs which deal with the often difficult reality, rather than the bi-polar visions of utopia and dystopia which fill the present void.

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