Urban Design Fiction, Part II

The Vehicles in the below post seem to have been inspired by the legendary Walking Cities of Ron Herron, from the 1960’s speculative Urban Design group Archigram ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archigram ).

The Walking Cities are the most famous product of Archigram (via http://cyberneticzoo.com/ ): http://cyberneticzoo.com/walking-machines/1964-walking-city-ron-herron-british/

There were meant to be vast, interlocking, interchangeable legged arcologies that were, in Herron’s own idealist view, to roam the land doing good and building infra-structure and whatnot.

The legend of these weirdly impractical, but ambitious and inspiring dreams has come down to us through the decades. My favorite variation on the theme is the Terraforming Platforms “The Green Machines” of european architect Stephane Malka, meant to reclaim the Sahara desert: vast platform farms that run on tractor treads meant to move NASA rockets. It is a thing of wonder and beauty. Not from our reality, but maybe, just maybe, in another…

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