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City of the Captive Audience

  • Author(s): Harvey-Cheetham, Nick
  • Barber, Neal
  • et al.

An architect’s power lies primarily in the ordering of space and perception through means of representation. The most compelling images of architecture generate desire: a desire to keep looking and a desire to inhabit. Taken to an extreme, the most successful vision of architecture is a space that you would never want to leave. What happens when a representation of a building becomes more desirable than the building itself? What happens when an image is so hypnotic that you occupy it and it occupies you?

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