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  • Issue 47

Draw the Line

A short history of linear architecture. Words by Alex Anderson. Artwork by Sabine Marcelis. Photograph by Rami Mansour.

In the 1920s, the modern city seemed to hold nothing but promise: order, cleanliness, rapid movement, economic growth and technological progress. But disaffection grew as neatly planned metropolises sprawled and outpaced themselves. In the 1950s, urban planners recommended more order, urban renewal and slum clearances. Dutch artist Constant Nieuwenhuys offered a different alternative in the 1960s: a city of linked megastructures called New Babylon that would drift high over the regimented city and provide a place without order—a place “for


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