Opinion: you don’t have to like Thom Mayne’s skyscraper for Vals to understand that architecture needs fantastical projects like it, says Owen Hatherley.
The early 20th-century German storyteller and architectural dreamer Paul Scheerbart – whose work is newly anthologised in English, in the new volume Glass! Love!! Perpetual Motion!!! – spent the 1900s and 1910s dreaming of a future that partly came to pass. However, it came to pass in such a manner that all the dreamlike, fantastical grandeur of his ideas seemed to be forcibly extracted, and the realisation of the dream became boring in a way he could never have expected.
But the sort of things he dreamed about were as follows: all-glass architecture (a dream fulfilled by Mies van der Rohe), glass cities (every financial district, everywhere) cities in the ocean (oil rigs, Chep Lap KokHong Kong International airport), cities in the mountains (most ski resorts), of China overtaking the west by building skyscraper new towns (Shenzhen), flight as leisure (Ryanair), among various other things that were once the province of fairy tales and have gradually become the province of brute economic forces.
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