Final Fantasy: A Two-Part Architectural Fairy Tale

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Basir, Natasha Victoria




Architecture exists as a fictional story through the process of the architect's imagination. However, the representations of "utopian" architecture can be more convincing than the architecture itself. The connection between architecture and storytelling will be explored through the seductive qualities of early 20th-century architecture, considering New York Art Deco as a style that successfully performs the tale of the "American dream". As for post-war Europe, architects felt responsible to present the public with a hopeful future through utopian ideals. While films were making the public wary of the future through fictional dystopian fantasies, the contemporary world and the on-going issues society faces today, an optimistic future is hard to imagine. This thesis explores these concepts and envisions what might be an unsettling contemporary fairy tale for the future, yet at the same time, we should warn readers that this two-part fictional story could be true—if current tendencies prevail.






Carleton University

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