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Stand on Zanzibar

Waking revery, an erotic take on Kobo Abe’s 1962 ‘Kafka-esque metaphysical musing on the human condition’, The Woman in the Dunes.

Flipping through Phaidon’s The House Book later, I was reacquainted with David Green’s [co-founder of Archigram] 1965 Living Pod.

Both from a decade that saw mankind’s first steps off-planet, but the promised modular living units on the Moon or at the bottom of the sea [just like the longed for personal jet packs] never materialized.

I have long been interested in small space living [and a smile is always brought to my face when I recall J. G. Ballard’s 1962 short story Billennium, with its ft.sq. quotas of living space per person being constantly downgraded/rooms being divided and subdivided accordingly.] Interestingly in most countries there is not only, no statutory minimum size for existing prison cells, but no legislation governing the minimum living space required for homes [only ‘guidelines’].

Given that 80% of the world’s growing [both in numbers and in physical size] population now live in cities and that most accumulate no end of material ‘dross’ [numerous reports confirm that homes no longer have enough storage space for our belongings] it is heartening to know that there are many architects/designers who are also interested in this area. After all, unless someone initiates a ‘super un-size me’ fad or humankind somehow manages to escape the Earth, this is likely to become quite literally one of the globe’s most pressing issues as we approach the 22nd century?

This is an announcement from Genetic Control:
“It is my sad duty to inform you of a four foot restriction on
humanoid height.”

Extract from coversation of Joe Ordinary in Local Puborama
“I hear the directors of Genetic Control have been buying all the
properties that have recently been sold, taking risks oh so bold.
It’s said now that people will be shorter in height,
they can fit twice as many in the same building site.

Genesis Get ’em out by Friday, Foxtrot 1972


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