Representing the city in the twentieth century

Twentieth-century urban designers and architects used a variety of representational techniques heavily influenced by contemporary artists. In the 1960s, Archigram used collage and the superimposition of images to suggest a city of the future. It was portrayed as a Computer City, a “Walking City,” a futuristic environment where buildings could move around. Archigram were interested in spaceage technology and how this could be used to suggest new paradigms for architecture and cities. They employed the analogy of the machine and the brightly colored modular unit that could be repeated along with futuristic and space-age imagery.

In 1966, Superstudio, a group of Italian architects, challenged conventional ...

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