BABEL: A contemporary 22nd century vision of mapping international “bill-boarders” (BAA_US03)
     
A glut of riotously interactively digitalised buildings of extravagant colours, patterns, textures, and materials blossom in the urban landscape. The global market-trade economy emerges, marks, and fuels the palaces and commercial centres and decorates the new city with bold, flashy, amateur, and astonishing visual effects of glistening, outrageously coloured glass and mirrored tiles. This new architecture is a radical departure from the humble, environmentally-sensitive and homogeneous traditional architectural pallet of traditional stone and clay architecture—this is the creation of the global interactive urban landscape.

History is no longer made by the hands of humans, but interwoven by the machines and billboards which patch together the LCD lights which envelopes the international lifestyle—the lifestyle of the billboard—the universal language: urbanization of the billboard. In this new version of the city, the architect and designer is no longer consulted for technical or aesthetic services. On the contrary, designs for buildings are being imported into the country much like second-rate MP3 music, downloaded from a dodgy site off the internet. Fascination has become reality, international buildings no longer require language, like the rhythm and beats of music, architecture or the construction of Babel is an imagination created in global scale. The Vision Plan of Modern Urbanisation is not solely one tower, but a conglomerate of idealized buildings—international cities, which require no form of communication, other than the international common language of style, commodity, and expenditure. The new architecture of Babel is a collage of generic internationalised products fused with eccentric samplings of a common vernacular architecture and textile patterns, all of which reflect the schizophrenic psyche of a post-war society.

 

 
Wendy W Fok, USA    
Princeton University