Title: Consequences of new babylon. (2011)
- Author(s): Angelique Trachana.
- Magazine (magazine): Right Angle. Journal of studies on the city as a plural space. Vol. 3
- Pages: 195-222.
- ISSN: 1989-4015.
- Summary: Within the framework of “utopian cities” posed by Right Angle it seems appropriate to recover situationism and its architectural climax that is “New Babylon” of Constant Nieuwenhuys, a project that encloses the social critique – inseparable from the urban – of the years 60 culminating in French May. Constant, who comes from the art world, links his utopian city with a total work of art – a playful expression of citizens in full freedom – and based on technological development. But Constant would not be the only one to propose a radical innovative vision of the urban. In the field of architecture and engineering, various proposals are developed that have a common visionary trunk: the claim of a more democratic, free and egalitarian society, which required for that new physical structures given by the advances Technological. We recover, therefore, here these graphic and narrative formulations for the interest that arouses its theoretical-ideological background, by tuning in with a new sensibility involved in changes at the level of perception and action itself in the urban, although from different budgets based today on new information and communication technologies.
- Keywords: City, utopia, technology, freedom, democracy.
- Abstract: Within the prosed framework of “utopian cities” seems appropriate to recover Situationisme and its architectural climax, Constant’s Nieuwenhuys “New Babylon”. This is a project embodies that s the social critique – inseparable from the urban critique – from the 60 that culminates in the French May. Constant coming from the world of art, links his utopian city with a work of art –playful expression of citizens in freedom – and based on technological development. Constant doesn’t the only in proposing a radical innovative urban vision. In the field of architecture and engineering there are several proposals that have a common visionary trunk: the demand for a more democratic, free and equal society, which called, for that, new physical structures given by technological advances. We recover, therefore, these graphics and narrative formulations here because the great interest of their theoretical and the teaching background. They tune in a new sensitivity involved in changes of perception and current performance in the urban environment albeit from different budgets based on new information and communication technologies.
- Key words: City, utopia, technology, freedom, democracy.
- Link: http://oa.upm.es/12303/