BM. NB. VS.

Playing with three Utopias

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According to Oscar Wilde, "a map of the world which does not include Utopia is not even worth glancing at..."

The concept of Utopia has always been considered as a spatial form. This project focuses on three expresions of Utopianism during the period 1950-1970 relating to the notion of the city: New Babylon of the Situationists, Ville Spatiale/Archipelago of Yona Friedman and Black Rock city of the Burning Man festival. Utilizing the concept of the game, closely related to that of Utopia, a scaled model was constructed, constituting a visualization of the relevant utopian ideas into something palpable. The goal is to gather and structure information into a material object, a board game with which the visitor can interact.

"BM. NB. VS: Playing with three Utopias" is the final deliverable for the research project entitled "Post-nostalgia: Design meets Utopia", organised by Vakalo Art & Design College.The aim of the project, which ran for two years (from January 2017 through to December 2018), was to conduct research on the notion of Design as a material bearer of collective/individual memory and of critical utopian visions, with references to the 1950-1970 period and contemporary creative practice.

PROJECT: Research

INSTITUTION: Vakalo Art & Design College

YEAR: 2017-2019                                         

Final model: "BM. NB. VS." board game
Initial sketches
Preliminary design layout

Assembling the common characteristics of the 3 Utopias in one sigle drawing in order to visually compare them.

Layer A: the grid
Layer B: the cities
Board game's final design
Game instructions_side A
Game instructions_side B
"Moving up" cards sample for New Babylon's section
“Moving down” cards sample for New Babylon’s section
Making of: New Babylon's sectors
Making of: setting the foundation for New Babylon
Making of: Archipelagos' s islands
Final model: "BM. NB. VS." board game
Final model: "BM. NB. VS." board game
Final model: "BM. NB. VS." board game
Post-Nostalgia: Exhibition's opening day