Tag Archives: Cities

1964: World’s Largest Miniature City

Built for the 1964 World’s Fair at a cost of $672,000 (about $5.3 million in 2017), the Panorama of New York City at the Queens Museum is  the world’s largest architectural model of a city. It includes about 895,000 miniature … Continue reading

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1938: Death Loop

  Tullio Crali: Upside Down Loop (Death Loop) (1938)

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1962: You’ll Lose a Good Thing

Bruce Davidson: Chicago, 1962. I like to think this is playing on the jukebox.

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1929: The Metropolis of Tomorrow

Hugh Ferriss: Illustration from The Metropolis of Tomorrow (1929) (source)

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1756: Allegory

Giovanni Battista Piranesi: Allegorical Frontispiece of Rome and its history from Le Antichita Romane (1756)

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1895: Tentacles of the City

This is the beginning of “La plaine,” the poem that opens Emile Verhaeren’s 1895 book of poems, Les villes tentaculaires [The Tentacled Cities]. The cover is by Théo van Rysselberghe (source). I couldn’t find a translation online, so I did the … Continue reading

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1944: Model City

The decorative industrial management buildings and exhibition centers in authoritarian countries are much the same as anywhere else. The huge gleaming towers that shoot up everywhere are outward signs of the ingenious planning of international concerns, toward which the unleashed … Continue reading

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