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Visiting the Unbuilt Cities of the Past

Visiting the Unbuilt Cities of the Past.

The Cities That Never Existed
What if the urban visions of famous architects and planners had actually been built?

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It was a bright summer morning in 1940. As Paris emptied of people, a single panic-stricken thought swept through the chaos of the crowds: Il y a péril en la demeure—there is danger in delay. The thief thought so too, though in a different sense. He watched as the families scrambled onto trains bound for no particular destination, just anywhere south of the capital, out of reach of the advancing Germans. He left the station by another exit, the secret pocket in the lining of his jacket already full. Closing his eyes briefly, he felt the sun on his face. Then he headed for the river and the rows of cross-shaped, residential tower blocks on the horizon.

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Aerial view of the city of Brasilia during its construction, Brasilia, Brazil (Brasil), 1961. The majority of the city’s government buildings were designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer. (Photo by Dmitri Kessel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

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View of a model for the unbuilt “Plan for Greater Baghdad”, shown at the “Frank Lloyd Wright” exhibition at the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, on October 21, 2009, in the northern Spanish Basque city of Bilbao. The “Frank Lloyd Wright” exhibition is the widest show in Europe about the American architect, presented through a range of media, including over 200 original drawings; historic and newly commissioned models; historic and contemporary photographs, as well as through related books, periodicals, and correspondence. The exhibition will take place since October 22, 2009 to February 14, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Rafa Rivas (Photo credit should read RAFA RIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

What if the urban visions of famous architects and planners had actually been built?

Source: Visiting the Unbuilt Cities of the Past – The Atlantic

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