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  • Issue 42

Dream House

The rise of renderporn.
Words by George Upton. Photograph by Zach Phan.

In March 2021, a virtual, three-dimensional model of a house sold for more than half a million dollars. That the house didn’t exist—it was designed by Toronto-based artist Krista Kim with software more commonly used to create video games—did not stop the digital render of the Martian-looking, glass-walled villa from reaching the same price as actual brick-and-mortar real estate. In an article published in The New Yorker a few months later, Anna Wiener decoded what had become a defining trend

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