Mr. Hublot’s urban future

Architecture Here and There

Mr. Hublot sits at his window overlooking the future of Paris. Mr. Hublot sits at his window overlooking the future of Paris. (Zeilt Productions)

Here is Mr. Hublot, a short animated film that charmed me no end. The animator’s idea of a sort of tinpot gizmoid future of urban life will pull at your heartstrings. As for the quality of the future envisioned, well, things could certainly be worse. There is a Parisian air to the whole thing that ramps up its charm immeasurably, even if the vision is not quite to your taste. I thought Mr. Hublot killed the dog but then … well, better not let the end out of the bag. And then I learned it the won the Oscar for the best animated short film just a week or so ago. Written and directed by Laurent Witz. A shout-out to Gary Brewer for sending it to the TradArch list.

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About David Brussat

For a living, I edit the writing of some of the nation's leading architects, urbanists and design theorists. This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. My freelance writing and editing on that topic and others addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to invest your prose with even more style and clarity, please email me at my consultancy, dbrussat@gmail.com, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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