David Byrne’s Vision of a Perfect City

David Byrne’s Vision of a Perfect City

David Byrne has composed an inspiring article where he lays out his version of a perfect city. Combining standout elements from different areas around the planet, Byrne's imaginary city sounds like a fantastic place to live, and could be used as a real blueprint for future urban planners.

Dan Gould
  • 16 september 2009

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David Byrne has composed an interesting article where he lays out his version of a perfect city. Combining standout elements from different areas around the planet, Byrne’s imaginary city sounds like an ideal place to live, and hopefully provides inspiration for future urban planners.

He explains:

There’s an old joke that you know you’re in heaven if the cooks are Italian and the engineering is German. If it’s the other way around you’re in hell. In an attempt to conjure up a perfect city, I imagine a place that is a mash-up of the best qualities of a host of cities. The permutations are endless. Maybe I’d take the nightlife of New York in a setting like Sydney’s with bars like those in Barcelona and cuisine from Singapore served in outdoor restaurants like those in Mexico City. Or I could layer the sense of humor in Spain over the civic accommodation and elegance of Kyoto. Of course, it’s not really possible to cherry pick like this—mainly because a city’s qualities cannot thrive out of context. A place’s cuisine and architecture and language are all somehow interwoven. But one can dream.

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