Desired Landscapes


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When traveling to new places, we usually hunt for the genuine, the truest.
Is there a single story to provide a convenient coherency for a city’s identity? While avoiding a call for nostalgia, Desired Landscapes is ever curious about the discontent that stems from the narrative leap affecting contemporary cities: is it possible to connect yesterday to tomorrow and affirm a sense of belonging?


Featuring an array of distinct voices reading into a mix of cities:

The Doubleness of a Map –––– Map keys, colors and grids explained by book designer Joost Grootens. 

Venice I Saw You, Now You Can Die –––– Recollections of charm and betrayal, of uprisings and identity loss, in a post-breakup letter to Venice.

Laboratory Eden –––– Tamed wilderness. Symbols and myths in the man-made green terrains of Singapore.

The City Between Two Worlds –––– An answer to the refugee crisis from the future, a meeting of continents and civilizations in the liminal space of Lampedusa. 

Affects of Cities –––– The persistent influence of feelings, shaping cities and bodies alike. 

The Last Kingsland –––– The disappearance of Kingsland Road, an ephemeral mosaic of vital contradictions, in London.

Tropicalized Art Deco –––– Concrete outweighs ornaments, while a concealed pool stands as an homage to Le Corbusier, in Mexico City.

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