Louvain-la-Neuve

500 years ago, Thomas More published his famous book UTOPIA through a printer in Louvain. To celebrate this momentous event, the academic authorities of Louvain-la-Neuve, university town in Walloon Brabant, have decided to mark the event with various events and festivities. As part of this, Luc Schuiten was commissioned to show a panorama of the area in 500 years’ time, referring to the first utopian and creator of the vocabulary. Predicting so far into the future was a task made more difficult because the buildings in the new town weren’t designed to resist the centuries. How can you recognise a town made of buildings that have disappeared and been replaced by different edifices? The study of past urban evolution shows that although buildings are continually replaced, the reliefs, green spaces and water ways are little changed.  Therefore, the metamorphoses impose on a defined landscape that the new town will enlarge. The weightless flight of a Manta Ray through water serves as an example of the development of flying machines setting off from high towers used as airports and garages for air-craft.

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