Constant's Situationist utopia reimagined everyday life as an urban adventure
open city without borders that is capable of flowing out in all
directions to allow its residents to move freely and flexibly: this
fascinating utopian conception of architectural and lifeworld growth
formed the starting point for Constant’s Situationist project New
Babylon. Between 1956 and 1974, the Dutch painter and cofounder of the
avant-garde movements Cobra and the Situationist International worked on
numerous models, paintings, drawings and collages for the purpose of
depicting his vision of the nomadic city of the future.
catalogue focuses not only on New Babylon’s architectural aspects but
embraces them as an artist’s synthesis of the arts. Besides the models,
drawings and collages, attention is also given to the designs in order
to trace Constant’s artistic process. This not only provides extensive
insight into utopian urban planning, but to a greater degree into a mode
of thought and imagination. The book includes an interview with Rem
Koolhaas on Constant’s pioneering project.
(1920–2005) was a Dutch painter, architect, sculptor, graphic artist,
author and musician. His friendship with Danish painter Asger Jorn led
to the founding of the Cobra group. After its dissolution, Constant
became a founding member of the Situationist International movement
along with Jorn and Guy Debord, and began work on his New Babylon
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