The end of London
Tutor / directorGonzález Raventos, Aquiles; Ortega Cerdà, Lluís; Bru Bistuer, Eduard; Llobet Ribeiro, Xavier
Document typeMaster thesis
Rights accessRestricted access - author's decision
www.endoflondon.euOn January 29, 2025, the decree-law known as "The Second Brexit" is approved in the British Parliament. From now on the historical centres of main British cities would be abandoned and protected from an increasingly aggressive neoliberal paradigm. With the intention of facing the social, ecological and cultural threats of a globalised world, a great wall would be erected surrounding the very heart of every city. Following the instructions of the most excellent authorities in the field, the project would begin in London, serving as a future model for other provincial capitals. "The End of London" is a speculative project based on a fictional situation and it remains entirely within the realm of radicalised realities. An uncomfortable space where the utopian degenerates and perverts into dystopic nightmares. Totalitarian policies of democratic states, cultural clashes unleashed by a ruthless economy and the arbitrariness of the cultural world, are unchained from all "idealistic realism" to formalise a contradictory architectural vision. New London is possibly the speculation of what happened if the surreptitious dominating phenomena - political, economical, social, cultural and historical -, inhabiting underneath a mask of obviousness, won the war for predominance altogether. A transfigured city, detached from all forms of ownership, compose an incomprehensible paradox, a monument to the western horrors from where civilisation emerged. If contemporary public space overlays a masquerade under which commercial interests and social taboos are hidden, this new collective form forces the unveiling of any underlying structure.
SubjectsLondon (England), Visionary architecture -- London (England), City planning -- Social aspects -- London (England), City planning -- Political aspects -- London (England), Londres (Anglaterra), Utopies arquitectòniques -- Londres (Anglaterra), Urbanisme -- Aspectes socials -- Londres (Anglaterra), Urbanisme -- Aspectes polítics -- Londres (Anglaterra)
DegreeMÀSTER UNIVERSITARI EN ESTUDIS AVANÇATS EN ARQUITECTURA-BARCELONA (Pla 2015)