The City Dreams exhibition at the MoMA in New York City projects what a city might look like after 1000 years of city planners calling for more density, efficient living, and condensed spaces. The vision of Bodys Isek Kingelez, a 20th century architect, artist, and engineer, implies artificial intelligence but his design was created 20 years ago before there was any sense of the inevitability and immediacy of autonomous transportation that should cultivate the continuous human desire for less density and more humane spaces. In two MoMA galleries, very large scale models of cities showed complicated structures and public spaces and a void of natural gardens. Gone was any sense that a city could evolve one house at a time or would include the time-honored characteristics of homes that make us happy. He solved this problem by bombarding future inhabitants with whimsical structures, curved shapes, waved surfaces, undulating floors, and bright colors. These are elements that @IngridFetellLee discusses in her recent TED talk on “Joy” where she beautifully explains how these joyful elements relate to the primal and neural need for abundance, safety, and joy. #JoySpotting. In the same way that Kingelez imposes joy in a manufactured city that could reek of despair, Ingrid Fetell Lee advocates joyful structures for the most vulnerable in our society, those in nursing homes, hospitals, homeless shelters, and housing projects. Instead of us seeking joy, which Ingrid Fetell Lee encourages in our drive for life, Bodys Isek Kengelez’ 30th century city would mainline joy to its inhabitants.
This stunning home located in Spokane, United States was designed by Olson Kundig. The steel paneling is largely reclaimed material that was locally sourced by the owner, material were chosen to stand up to the harsh environmental conditions.⠀
Photography credit: Benjamin Benschneider⠀