The lack of space experienced in many countries coupled with innovative architects makes for some Alpha Complex-like prospects, seeking to â€œmaximize urban density, construct artificial natures, [and] let data-crunching computers do the design workâ€.
This article, focussed on the work of architectural fim MVRDV, proposes all sorts of tweaks to urban and rural design, with impacts on the human population and beyond. MVRDVâ€™s designs allow for the likes of â€œsustainable 40-story tower blocks for â€¦ pigs â€¦ piling up the countryâ€™s porcine population and its slaughterhouses into sod-layered, manure-powered skyscrapersâ€ and concepts where â€œall the housing, retail and industry for a theoretical city of one million inhabitants [can be] digitally compressed into the space of a three-mile-high cubeâ€. Sink that cube into the ground under a dome – and what do you have?
Some of the buildings MVRDV has created – like these – have a hint of PARANOIA about them from the outset. Check out slides 5 (RED Clearance) and 7 (GREEN Clearance), or slide 4 where the security clearances assigned could well lead to some problems getting to workâ€¦
The MVRDV vision of a crowded future cries out Alpha Complex, while instilling an overwhelming sense of claustrophobia in the reader. Future cities would exist:
â€œâ€¦not only in front, behind or next to you, but also above and below. In short a city in which ground-level zero no longer exists but has dissolved into a multiple and simultaneous presence of levels where the town square is replaced by a void or a bundle of connections; where the street is replaced by simultaneous distribution and divisions of routes and is expanded by elevators, ramps and escalatorsâ€¦â€