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Study for a pneumatic urban environment 

Cities that beat like a heart.
Cities that fly like breath.

Sketch by Wolf dPrix


Coop Himmelb(l)au


In the beginning was the city. The countercity. Or better: The dreamed city.”

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Like all urban projects of the 1960s, Coop Himmelb(l)au’s cities were merely suspected, simply reality exposed — like New York, because they had not seen it with their own eyes: the dissected metropolis of the world.”

The vertical city, the subterranean one, the bundled transportation transformers, the mobility of life, technology — all of that is and was real in New York.

The dream that was added was poetry: The city pulses like a heart; the city flies like breath.” And an expanded sense of life fills these imaginary cities.

Others have confused this poetry of the city with utopia.

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