No-Stop City - Archizoom Associati
Radicals often show you something incredible. Viewed through a collection of projects and writing, Archizoom delivers a future that is being lived presently and one that’s still to come. The project of No-Stop City opens views on objects, storage, quality, wants and needs, and of course, architecture. – Bradley Cooper
The project, aptly titled No-Stop City, is a theoretical vision of an urban utopia - urban globalization where all architecture disappears and is replaced by a repetitive pattern of neutral hubs. It is an ideal of a world where there are no distinctions, no religion, and no non-uniformity. It represents a grey and atheistic world that features industrialism in a very featureless manner.
The City allows everyone to be anyone, anywhere. There is no architecture to differentiate between buildings, and everything is practical and logical. There are endless airports, uniform shopping malls, and bland scenery. In essence, the pattern is broken only by mountain ranges to provide a bit of natural landscape.
The book is a series of grey drawings and blueprints, and it takes consumerism and modernism to an extreme. The book is compiled by a group of Italian design radicals known as the Archizoom Associati. The group was formed in 1964 by Andrea Branzi, Massimo Morozzi, Gilberto Corretti, and Paolo Deganello. These artists sought to revive modernism and did so in unconventional methods, which were seen as somewhat extreme. Their products included the Safari Chair, the Dream Bed, and the Mies Chair. Despite its unconventional inspirations, the Archizoom had a considerable influence on art and design in its time. They were attempting to combine Pop Art-inspired products with mass consumerism to give rise to revolutionary furniture. Still, much of what they produced was considered a joke at the time.
Archizoom then took their ideas to an extreme by introducing their idea of a perfect world in the form of No-Stop City. It featured no boundaries - just a standard, a uniform world where everything was regularly-placed and familiar.
No-Stop City is an unbuilt project but a well-planned one. The spaces in this highly artificial world are filled with rocks and branches to bring some natural life to this alleged urban utopia. Humans live as campers in this world, and they have tents, motorcycles, and appliances so that their basic needs are met. But that's all there is - life is without all the bells and whistles.
Branzi said, "The idea of an inexpressive, catatonic architecture, the outcome of the expansive forms of the logic of the system and its class antagonists, was the only form of modern architecture of interest to us… A society freed from its own alienation, emancipated from the rhetorical forms of humanitarian socialism and rhetorical progressivism: an architecture which took a fearless look at the logic of grey, atheistic, and de-dramatized industrialism, where mass production produced infinite urban decors."
The City is blank - there is no difference between anyone. Everyone is the same. There are no class differences, no elites, and no differences in standards of living. This endless city is like a factory or supermarket, highly organized, and disciplined.
Architecture has no value, and the city is dedicated to a continuous flow of supermarkets, information, and technical networks. It was supposed to be a theoretical model for urban utilization, and citizens can only be involved in the personalization of their own homes, each of which is also designed standardly.
Author: SectionCut Team