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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Architectural Utopias

Promotional booklets of future buildings and cities offer pure and idealistic illusions of living spaces. The cars are always new, people stylish and never really fat, the lawn is impeccable. The architects and developers are selling the idea, even a prescription for life. In the pictures you can find strong ideological hints, how you should behave.

These designs offer promises to people who will live in the regions. The problem is the stress that follows if you discover that your neighbour is actually a fat bloke with an ugly minivan.

A typical new house in Estonia.

A future water-centre in China.

A brasserie in Tahiti.