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Nic Clear

Lecture | Monday 07.12.2015 | 19:00h | R211a


Lecture Series | Visionary Cities: Utopian Urbanism and Science Fiction

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Lecture 04
Post War Utopias

As the world recovered from the horrors of WWII a new sense of optimism emerged in the West driven by advances in technology and the conspicuous consumer consumption of the nuclear age.

While the ‘you’ve never had it so good’ rhetoric of the nuclear age inspired the dramatic transformation and reconstruction of our post-war cities, the architectural avant-garde began to imagine a world that was more than just ‘fast cars and clean bodies’.

From the technological ecstasies of Archigram and Buckminster Fuller to the politically driven alternatives of Constant and Superstudio the future, as long as we avoided nuclear destruction, would be a world of surplus, free from work and want.

 

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Visionary Cities:

Utopian Urbanism and Science Fiction


Nic Clear | Endowed Professorship for Research in Visionary Cities | Lecture Series Winterterm 2015|16

However as East and West remained divided and the fictions of science started to become real as both sides of the Iron Curtain embarked on a space race, a new generation of science fiction writers questioned whether the future would be as drip dry and creaseless as the new synthetic fibres promised.

 

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Visionary Cities:

Utopian Urbanism and Science Fiction


Nic Clear | Endowed Professorship for Research in Visionary Cities | Lecture Series Winterterm 2015|16

Nic Clear is Head of Department of Architecture and Landscape at the University of Greenwich, where he also teaches a postgraduate design unit that specialises in the use of film and animation in the generation, development and representation of architectural spaces. Nic is particularly interested in the intersection between architecture and Science Fiction. He edited an edition of AD titled Architectures of the Near Future and has written the Architecture section of the Oxford Handbook to Science Fiction.