Jonathan Glancey in The Guardian argues that the film medium is still the best place to experience the architectural imagination unbounded. Much current modern architecture combines the resources of cinematic effects with conventional design practice; Glancey cites the work of Daniel Libeskind and the UN Studio as examples of conceptual design made fully actual. It's enlightening to take a stroll with him through the futuristic spaces imagined by filmmakers as diverse as Stanley Kubrick, Fritz Lang and Ridley Scott. Their dsytopic (and prophetic?) tableaux of our cities of the future still manage to awe me in their extreme visions, just as they've become visual touchstones for many modern movies today. There are always mean streets, flying vehicles, acid rain, permanently smoggy skies and huge skyscrapers -- I wonder though, if directors now will have their futuristic cities look more like Toyko or Beijing, or if there will be more of an Hispanic influence?
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