By Nic Clear
During this hugely pertinent factor, guest-editor Nic transparent questions bought notions of the long run. Are the authorised norms of monetary development and enlargement the one potential through which society can advance and prosper? should still the present fiscal quandary be making us name into query a way forward for limitless development? Can this second of concern – monetary, environmental and technological – permit us to make extra educated offerings in regards to the kind of destiny that we'd like and will truly in achieving? Architectures of the close to destiny bargains a chain of other voices, constructing the various overlooked components of latest city lifestyles and unique visions of what should be to return. instead of supplying simplistic and seductive photographs of an intangible glossy destiny, it rocks the snug global of structure with polemical blasts. - attracts on themes as assorted as artificial area, psychoanalysis, Postmodern geography, post-economics, cybernetics and advancements in neurology. - comprises an exploration of the paintings of JG Ballard. - gains the paintings of Ben Nicholson.
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Architectures of the Near Future (Architectural Design September October 2009, Vol. 79, No. 5) by Nic Clear