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The Radiant City

The starting point for this series was the paradox of utopia, good-place but also no-place, the utopia is an ideal construction of the mind which can't be separated from the real place that inspires it. I'm interested in how our projections of utopia influence our experience of place, allowing us to give meaning to the world, by believing it differently. The series explores these ideas around utopia through one of the icons of modernism -Le Corbusiers Unité d’Habitation in Marseille. Designed in 1952 as the “Radiant City”, the building was conceived as a prototype housing solution for the city of the future. These photographs were made at the Unité over 60 years later, in 2014, and address the overlap between place making and image making, and the role of both architecture and photography in constructing the ideal.

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