Encampment

DESIGN for the APOCALYPSE

John McMorrough

DON’T WAKE ME FOR THE END OF THE WORLD UNLESS IT HAS VERY GOOD SPECIAL EFFECTS.

—Roger Zelazny

FOR QUITE A LONG TIME, UTOPIA, that place of high aspirations and lofty ambition, has been the motivating conceit for a society (and an architecture) of achievable perfection, but across the spectrum of culture there has been a recent turn from the utopian to the apocalyptic, in forms both fictional and factual. Invoking the “apocalypse” brings forth connotations of the end of the world—historically imagined as everything from the judgment of God to nuclear Armageddon. In its contemporary manifestation it has taken the form of various global crises, whether environmental, economic, or the unexpected. ...

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