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)
'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 ...
GET INSTANT ACCESS
for less than 46p a day
Join thousands of professionals who already subscribe to the Architects' Journal.
You’ll get instant access to read this article -
and 53,000+ articles like it.
- Trusted industry news & analysis, wherever you need itUnlimited online access and weekly magazine delivery – now also available on iPad/iPhone
- Get ideas, get inside buildings and check precedentsBuildings Library – images, drawings and plans for exemplar projects in British architecture
- Planning & regulation – what you need to know Protect your practice - the AJ keeps you up-to-date with changes to regulations and legislation