In development, demand outstrips time - buildings and roads are thrown up
at a rate compatible with need rather than design. Within most new builds,
there exist segments in which ‘filler’ blocks culled from archives have
been used. Even Shanghai’s exclusive gated communities, offering Utopic
promises of bespoke design are not immune to the lure of pre-existing
Cotterrell provides an entire city of ‘filler’ blocks - 1000 miniature towers,
each between 25 and 35 storeys and capable of housing 750 people each.
Clustered in 20 block arrangements, Cotterrell’s suburban ‘Utopia’ houses
more than half a million souls in search of a centre.
This dystopian vision was created by rapid-prototyping from the
architectural designs for actual buildings in use and conforming to planning
regulations in Shanghai. Printed in Resin, the originals are reproduced
1000 times in fine plaster for insertion into the gleaming maquette for
extreme urban growth.
The modular transport layout is routed in MDF to offer the geometric
solution to traffic management. Spray coated it adopts the pallette of the
model city and serves to frame the towers within its abstracted
Occupying 12m2 the South Facing 4.3 confronts the audience with its
vision of unchallenged repetition.