ruins of the future

Future City (The Incubation Process), 1962, photomontage by Arata Isozaki:

“Incubated cities are destined to self-destruct

Ruins are the style of our future cities

Future cities are themselves ruins

Our contemporary cities, for this reason, are destined to live only a fleeting moment,

Give up their energy and return to inert material

All of our proposals and efforts will be buried,

And once again the incubation mechanism is reconstituted

That will be the future.”

Post war trauma: having lived through war-time Japan Isozaki has experienced the death of cities. Here he imagines the future city to be built on top of ruins, in this case a ruined Doric temple. Such a photomontage portrays the city part of a recurring cycle of life growth and death.

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