A dazzling vision Constant's New Babylon: The Hyper- Architecture of Desire by Mark Wigley. Witte-de-With/010 Publishers, 1998. 256pp. £36. (Distributor Art Data 0181 747 1061)
20-May-1999'New Babylon' was the 20-year project of artist, sometime Situationist, and - as Mark Wigley calls him - 'architectural impersonator' Constant Niewenhuys. It was a singularly determined impersonation. From the mid- 1950s to the early 70s, Constant maintained a continuous production of models, montages, manifestos, films, lectures, drawings and paintings of a consistent architectural vision: a proliferating megastructure, premised on automation and the end of labour, that would simultaneously ...