Superstudio, Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, Alessandro Magris, Roberto Magris, Gian Piero Frassinelli, Adolfo Natalini. The First City, from the Twelve Ideal Cities, project, Aerial perspective. 1971

Superstudio, Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, Alessandro Magris, Roberto Magris, Gian Piero Frassinelli, Adolfo Natalini The First City, from the Twelve Ideal Cities, project, Aerial perspective 1971

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Superstudio's Twelve Ideal Cities project is a wry comment on twentieth-century modernist utopias, and it supposedly represents "the supreme achievement of twenty thousand years of civilization." In the First City, or 2,000-Ton City, shown here, cubic cells stacked atop one another form a continuous building that stretches across a green, undulating landscape. Each cell is equipped with technology capable of accommodating all human desires and physiological needs. In this city, humans are in a state of equality and death no longer exists, but if an inhabitant tries to rebel against this ideal state, the ceiling of his or her cell will descend with a two-thousand-ton force, obliterating the dissenter and making way for a new perfect citizen.

Gallery label from 75 Years of Architecture at MoMA, 2007.
Medium
Photolithograph
Dimensions
27 3/4 x 39 5/16" (70.5 x 99.9 cm)
Credit
Given anonymously
Object number
SC100.1967
Department
Architecture and Design

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