Slave City by Atelier van Lieshout

The diagram posted yesterday reminded me of the work of Atelier van Lieshout where a complete environment is formed to control and self-perpetuate itself:

‘Slave City is an urban project by Atelier van Lieshout (AVL) which has been designed to maximise rationality, efficiency and profit from a city.  AVL began the project in 2005, working with contemporary ethical and aesthetic values, ideas on nutrition, envirnomental protection, organization, management and markets, in order to recombine and reinterpret them.

The project presents a perfectly conceived creative city, with comprehensive infrastructure that includes services buildings, health centres, villages, brothels and museums, consuming a space of 60 square kilometres with a population of 200,000.  The city’s only source of energy is that which it produces itself covered by the use of biogas, solar and wind energy, working to build a ‘cradle to cradle’ situation in which everything works as a closed circuit recycling system where there is no waste.’

Slave City, Minimal Steel, 2006

‘Slave City- cradle to cradle is presented as a perversion of a highly modern achievement-oriented society, bringing forward the discussion of the broken limits between good and evil.’

Female Slave University, 2006

Of particular interest to this blog is AVL’s Mall of Babel:

‘Situated in Slave City’s public area, there is a large, biomorphic baroque shopping centre that consists of 26 floors and is a consumer paradise operating 24/7.  The mall houses shops which have been irrationally chosen by AVL and range from brothels, recreational area, casinos, luxury goods stores and a spa.  Alternative floors have clothing stores, art galleries, design and furniture stores.  Downstairs, there is an arena for entertainment, supermarkets and organic food suppliers.  There is also a health department with pharmacies and dental care, along with medical care, hair and beauty salon and a cosmetic surgery parlour.’

Mall of Babel, 2008

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