One of my criticisms of the architecture programs at many of the few accredited schools across the country, is a lack of emphasis on constructability — “the ease and efficiency with which structures can be built” [Wikipedia]. That doesn’t mean that there is no value in exploring the purely fanciful and unrealistic, as they are what push us onward.
There are many great examples of architectural designs that either could not possibly be built, or wouldn’t likely be built. Gestalten recently published such a collection, curated by Lukas Feiress, in a book titled Imagine Architecture: Artistic Visions of the Urban Realm.
Margaret Rhodes, writing for Wired, has more:
“Even scientists begin their experimentations with pure speculation and imagination,” Feireiss writes. “The fruits of their investigations are often not expected to materialize in the near future. Like science, artistic imagination is experimental, but in a way that values invention, and attempts to establish new forms of knowledge and representation.”
The book is organized into the following four sections:
- The House
- The Tower
- The City
- The Ruin
On that last section, “The Ruin”:
The Ruin sub-section is especially curious. It makes sense to envision buildings that could someday be—you can think of them as dreams for the future. But why imagine a decaying building that never was?
“The future of any building is its ruin. So why not plan, draw, or build one from the onset?” Feireiss writes. This section is the most speculative of the bunch. It invites us to have a hand in the imaginary building ourselves. As Feireiss puts it, “The incompleteness of the ruin calls to be completed in the mind’s eye of the onlooker.”
The book is available here: