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  03 March 2008
“5:45 to Santa Monica: now boarding!”

Los Angeles: Clear skies, highs in the upper 70s to mid 80s... nice evening to go to Santa Monica and see the sunset.

Architecture and architectural image-making has been too much about form, shape, facade and everything that in fact - separates us from buildings. I’ve tried to show a scenario that is much closer to human perspective, something that we can actually imagine to be possible and real. I like the idea of speculating what a place, that we may be already familiar with, would look like in the future.

In this image we are actually in the City of Compton overlooking downtown LA. What you see is the future Los Angeles where most of flat areas of suburban-like sprawl have been transformed into a dynamic landscape. The world I am presenting is a result of symbiotic relationship between organisms that we could help evolve and grow to provide us with structural support, shelter, a framework for our living and working spaces without destroying them in the process like we have been doing for centuries.
My initial inspiration for this concept was the landscape of limestone rock formations along the Li River near Guilin in China. Such a landscape could be created by developing organic forms that would grow in a half natural half guided way and create a skeleton for our homes. In the same time those organisms would keep living by feeding of of our products of consumption. - a truly symbiotic system.

The lightweight structures are provided to guide the new developed plant-like organisms in a generally preconceived and agreed upon arrangement. Then the “organisms” much like vines overtake them and transform into sound and beautiful structures that provide support for other plants to grow and people to insert their homes, work spaces and places of leisure. When a desired height is reached the tops are turned into green recreational areas with most astounding views. The entire structure lives and constantly changes its appearance according to seasons, weather even times of the day.

What you see in the foreground is one of many large openings that are evenly spread out around this landscape. They serve as a local public space and a transportation node. In such a landscape the new forms of transportation are encouraged. public and private blimps are safe, environmentally friendly and esthetically fascinating. No more waiting stuck in traffic on the way to Venice Beach on a hot weekend. Just glide through the air above the city enjoying what it has become.

I would love to live in a city with such views, the smell of fresh air, sound of birds and a quiet buzz of blimp propellers. aah ... dream on...

Last edited by cienias : 03 March 2008 at 04:21 PM. Reason: typos
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