No Stop System

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Archizoom’s No stop city is a proposed dystopian conclusion to consumer-driven architectural development. In No stop city, the box store is the template applied to the entirety of occupiable space, resulting in the endless interior, a space that is so all-encompassing that it defines even the horizon. The project conveyed this notion of uniform regulated space in a series of drawings and installations in the nineteen sixties and seventies that expressed the group’s general discontentment with the homogenizing effects that capitalism was having on the world around them. These drawings included endless architectural column grids that wash over natural landscapes, perverse depictions of consumerist products artificially populating these spaces, and dystopic depictions of the alleged gridded falseness of a system that claims to be natural. What is perhaps most disconcerting is that the group insists that we are living in this world and not even aware of it. This is perhaps the most significant attribute of No-Stop City. Because it never ends, it would be impossible to recognize one was living in it.

Published by Harrison Marek

Harrison is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a master’s in architecture. He is the founder of Interval Design Inc. and has a strong interest in both the physical challenges of fabrication as well as the digital challenges of interactive design. Hoping to voice the opinions and perspectives that have driven him to these pursuits he is also the writer and curator of the blog Hyper Objective, a catalog of novel ideas realized through a careful investigation of the field of architecture and design.

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