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Megastructures Reloaded

Published on August 24, 2008

Looking forward to the opening of Megastructures: Reloaded at the former State Mint in Berlin. From the press release:

Archigram’s Plug-in City, Constant Nieuwenhuys’ New Babylon and Yona Friedman’s La Ville spatiale rank among the incunabula of the 1960s. Combining visionary architecture, pop culture, art, and situationist rebellion, they became known far beyond the narrow confines of urban planning. Till now, however, there has been no exhibition dealing explicitly with megastructuralists’ vision. MEGASTRUCTURE RELOADED seeks for the first time to show them in context. Aside from Archigram, Constant, Friedman, the radical Florence groups Superstudio and Archizoom, whose designs at the end of the 1960s constituted an ironic response to the megastructuralists, will be included. The exhibition is not intended as a documentary representation; instead the megastructuralists are to be tested for their currency and relevance for the problems of contemporary urban design and mega cities. We will focus on the connection between architecture and visual art, as well as on actual architectonic and urban-design issues.


Yona Friedman, Extension du Centre Georges Pompidou
Courtesy: Yona Friedman, Paris


Victor Nieuwenhuijs & Maartje Seyferth, Gele sector, film still from New Babylon de Constant, 2005. Film 13’, digi betacam
Courtesy: Victor Nieuwenhuijs & Maartje Seyferth, Amsterdam


Archizoom, Aerodynamic City, 1969
Courtesy: Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione, Università degli Studi di Parma


Superstudio, The Continuos Monument: Rockefeller Center, 1969
Courtesy: Archivio Superstudio, Firenze

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