Liam Young (who spoke at Studio-X NYC back in September 2010) speculates on the spatial consequences of 3D printing technology for ICON Magazine’s issue 118:

Last season’s suburbs are melted down and reprinted as the city endlessly remakes itself in an accelerated history. Something between Kowloon Walled City and a Rio favela the 3d printed city is a seething reprogrammable urban mass of recontextualised fragments and geological material processes.

Huge expanses of landscape will be given over to recycle yards where material will be ground up and processed ready to be reprinted. Just as we smelted cutlery for the war effort, nothing is precious anymore and everything is a new object in waiting.

Concrete Tsunami image by Daniel Dociu; originally developed for Under Tomorrows Sky.

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