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Hugh Ferriss and The Metropolis of Tomorrow

More diving through my archives – and this time it’s a page about architect Hugh Ferriss and his monograph The Metropolis of Tomorrow.

Hugh Ferriss was a 20th century architect who influenced many subsequent generations. In his visionary 1929 book, Ferriss sets out his vision of  the structure of future cities. The book is divided in three parts: a description of New York as Ferriss saw it , with drawings of the most important building built in the 1920s; a review of new architectural trends, new ideas, and new materials and techniques; and finally, and most amazingly, a possible layout for a visionary city, dominated by steel and glass.

I mean, just look at these drawings: it’s Gotham and Metropolis and Brazil and THX1138 all rolled into one, every single utopian or dystopian movie set right here, dreams in black and white. Continue reading… (70 words)


Pierre Chareau and the Maison de Verre

I’ve been digging through my files and old website – it’s quite surprising how prolific I was back in the nineties, and how many topics I was interested in. One of the things that I made webpages about was the Maison de Verre, Pierre Chareau‘s transparent house in Paris. I wrote a short introduction and also translated part of Adam Gopnik’s 1994 New Yorker article so that more information would be available in French. Gopnik lived in the house for a while, and his description of the effect of living in the house is to me more interesting than any facts about its architecture or about the ideals behind it. Continue reading… (501 words)