Olivier Ratsi's impossible cities expand our architectural imaginations

Easy digital manipulation allows us to see our world in a more mutable way than ever before—as a series of colors, textures and other characteristics, even pixels, that can be re-presented on a screen as we feel fit. Olivier Ratsi is a master of this art form, turning individual components of buildings into building blocks for a project that leads us to question our seemingly secure ideas of an objective reality.

His most recent project, in Tokyo, comes from his four-week residency, provided through ATSUKOBAROUH, in the famously disorienting city's Shinjuku ward. Comparing the city's ever-changing nature to a sand castle, he says his unique perspective comes from a study of Impressionist art – as well as Einstein’s work on restraint relativity, Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg’s research on the quantum mechanics, and quantic decoherence, introduced by Heinz Dieter Zeh. But his curiosity began, as so many people's do, in childhood:

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