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Tales of inhabitation and existence, architectural visions – and warnings – imagined for the future of our built world.
The breathtakingly diverse stories and visions collected in this volume are organized into the most pressing themes of our times and planet.
Urbanization: City life, skyscrapers, crowds, mass transit, hyper-density. Architecture comprises not just the buildings we inhabit but the urban fabric they create. Tales of towers, transit and tumult within complex and fast-paced metropolitan environments.
Globalization: Culture shock, culture blending, appropriation, international trade. The world is shrinking, and our architecture reflects this. Building styles that once represented national and cultural identity are now spread wide and thin. Here are visions of humanity and habitation, exclusion and connection.
Equality: Refugees, immigration, sexism, inequality. Fictional narratives can address the politics and social issues that lie just beneath the surface of the built environment. The stories here place the issues of race, gender, and privilege at the core of architecture’s purpose.
Sustainability: Nature, resources, protecting wildlife, human impact, the environment is perhaps the most important challenge of our collective future. The narratives in this section interpret, explore and predict the not-so-distant future of an increasingly uncertain planet.
Technology: Artificial intelligence, smart cities, robot wars, sentient architecture. The projects in this chapter include surreal and sinister technological innovations, facing the future of science and computers, playing with the paranoia that always accompanies new inventions.
Chase Rynd, Director, National Building Museum
Your book, your vision
For Storytelling Architecture, Volume is offering a very special opportunity to customize your edition of the book with an image of your choosing. This might include your favorite image from the Fairy Tales competition or your own project, or merely an image – or text – you believe encapsulates the spirit of an architecture that tells stories and will make our built future a better place.
If you wish to share your vision of the world with others, it is also possible to order multiple copies of the book, for giving away to colleagues, friends, family or potential clients.