Video of the modernist city

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Screenshot from “Spacial Bodies,” by AUJIK, from Kuriositas.

Here, courtesy of the website Kuriositas, is the city of modern architecture’s secret desire. The video of this imagined place is called “Spacial Bodies,” by AUJIK.  As described by Kuriositas, it “depicts the urban landscape and architectural bodies as an autonomous living and self-replicating organism. Domesticated and cultivated only by its own nature. A vast concrete vegetation, oscillating between order and chaos.” In short, it is the intended consequence of intercourse among the architectural theories of Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Moshe Safdie, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas and who knows what else. Filmed in Osaka, Japan. Here, residents every day get to experience the untamed order of the wild. Lucky them! If the image above already raises the hairs on your neck, go ahead and watch the video. It is architecture on LSD. Of course, this is a vision of design in submission to nature’s whim rather than design emergent from nature’s order.

About David Brussat

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. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am 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 employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, 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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3 Responses to Video of the modernist city

  1. agogo22 says:

    Reblogged this on msamba.


  2. But for modernists it is not about the inhabitants or users of a building, its all about its designer. It is unlikely that real clients will engage architects to produce that sort of thing, but that sort of thing is what they really want to design. I believe, reaching back before modernism, there were never any, or maybe very, very few, architects who were, as they’d say today, architects on paper who intend no actual commissions but are satisfied to be on a faculty producing architecture that is valid only in theory. I know one in Providence, who was an architect on paper until he got a number of very important traditional commissions, and now is back to being an architect on paper, except that because of his celebrity he gets actual commissions – not exactly to produce modernist loop-the-loops, which people obviously could not live in, but sad enough stuff anyway.


  3. SteveMouzon says:

    Unthinkable. And people are supposed to be inhabiting those buildings? And in what free-energy future might such a thing actually happen?


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