The Radiant City

The paradox of utopia, as good-place but also no-place was the starting point for this project. The utopia is an ideal creation of the mind yet it can’t be separated from the real place that inspires it. Our projections of utopia enhance our experience of place, allowing us to give meaning to the world by believing it differently.

This project explores the idea of utopia through one of the icons of modernism -Le Corbusiers Unite d’Habition in Marseille. Designed in 1952 as the “Radiant City”, the building was conceived as prototype housing for the city of the future. These photographs were made at the Unité over 60 years later, in the autumn of 2014 and address the overlap between place making and image making and the role of both architecture and photography in constructing the ideal.