FRANÇOIS SCHUITEN: IMAGINING THE PERFECT CITIES OF DREAMS
Por David Thorpe Desde Sustainable Cities Collective
“François Schuiten is one of my favourite comics artists. Born and resident in Belgium, his series Les Cités Obscures, or The Obscure Cities, contains some of the most awesome artwork and concepts to be found in comics anywhere.
Inspired by his brother, an architect, and the work of Jules Verne, M. C. Escher, and the architectural visions of Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta and Étienne-Louis Boullée, his series, created with his friend Benoît Peeters for the Belgian monthly comics magazine (À Suivre), is a collection of stories, each one about a city or building.
It is a fabricated world where architects, urbanists, and ultimately “urbatects“, are the leading powers and architecture is the driving force behind society.
His work is not confined to books, however. He also designed the metro stations of Porte de Hal in Brussels and Arts et Métiers in Paris. He designed the scenography for A Planet of Visions, one of the main pavilions of the Hannover World’s Fair, which attracted more than five million visitors.
His draughtsmanship is without parallel in comics, with a high level of architectural accuracy combined with a mind-boggling imagination.(…)”
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