Speculative Urbanism

Speculative Urbanism

The Ecological Urbanism concentration (Concentration II) situates itself within a long and rich history of speculative urbanism particular to the discipline of architecture. This history includes such visionary proposals as Antonio Sant’Elia’s La Citta Nuova (1914), a collection of drawings depicting the new industrial city of the twentieth century, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Broadacre City (1932), a prescient image of what would be referred to sixty years later as landscape urbanism, and Kenzo Tange’s Plan for Tokyo (1960), a postwar reimagination of the city as infrastructural prosthetic.  As such, the program challenges students to mine the daring and often prophetic urban visions of previous generations as a means of speculating on the future of the city in the twenty-first century.

A Century of Speculative Urbanism (1898-1999)

Ebenezer Howard, Garden City (1898); Antonio Sant’Elia, La Citta Nuova (1914); Le Corbusier, Ville Contemporaine (1922); Frank Lloyd Wright, Broadacre City (1932); Le Corbusier, Plan Obus for Algiers (1933); Takis Zenetos, Electronic Urbanism (1952-74); Yona Friedman, Spatial City (1958); Constant, New Babylon (1959-74); Buckminster Fuller, Dome over Manhattan (1960); Kenzo Tange, Plan for Tokyo (1960); Buckminster Fuller, Project for Floating Cloud Structures: Cloud Nine (1960); Kenzo Tange, Clusters in the Air (1962); Archigram, Computer City (1964); Peter Eisenman and Michael Graves, Jersey Corridor Project (1965); Paul Rudolph, Lower Manhattan Expressway (1967); Kiyonori Kikutake, Ocean City (1968); Paolo Soleri, Novanoah (1969); Archigram, Walking City (1964); Archigram, Plug-In City (1965); Cedric Price, Potteries Thinkbelt (1965); Buckminster Fuller, Triton City (1967); Archizoom, No-Stop City (1969); Superstudio, Continuous Monument (1969); Paolo Soleri, Arcosanti (1970); Archigram, Instant City (1970); Rem Koolhaas, Exodus, or the Voluntary Prisoners of Architecture (1972); Andrea Branzi, Agronica (1994); MVRDV, Metacity / Datatown (1999)

Frank Lloyd Wright, Broadacre City (1932) Archigram, Computer City (1964) Archigram, Instant City (1970) Archigram, Plug-In City (1965) Archigram, Walking City (1964) Archizoom, No-Stop City (1969) Andrea Branzi, Agronica (1994) Constant, New Babylon (1959-74) Le Corbusier, Plan Obus for Algiers (1933) Ebenezer Howard, Garden City (1898) Yona Friedman, Spatial City (1958) Buckminster Fuller, Project for Floating Cloud Structures: Cloud Nine (1960) Buckminster Fuller, Dome over Manhattan (1960) Buckminster Fuller, Triton City (1967) Rem Koolhaas, Exodus, or the Voluntary Prisoners of Architecture (1972) MVRDV, Metacity / Datatown (1999) Cedric Price, Potteries Thinkbelt (1965) Paul Rudolph, Lower Manhattan Expressway (1967) Antonio Sant’Elia, La Citta Nuova (1914) Paolo Soleri, Arcosanti (1970) Superstudio, Continuous Monument (1969) Kenzo Tange, Clusters in the Air (1962) Kenzo Tange, Plan for Tokyo (1960) Frank Lloyd Wright, Broadacre City (1932) Takis Zenetos, Electronic Urbanism (1952-74)
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