© by smart / Design Nathan Vincent
smart urban stage is a global online project dealing with the term »FUTURE OF THE CITY«. »We ask pioneers from metropolises around the world to question the urban status quo.« The results are visions, ideas and solutions for sustainable lifestyles, modern social systems and forward-looking developments in the fields of architecture, design and technology. The worldwide event series is exhibiting ideas and solutions of forward thinking future makers. The brand behind this online project is the car manufacturer smart, which hosted special events throughout Europe during the last two years.
Now smart initiated the FUTURE OF THE CITY AWARD (with a final voting in January 2012). Within the 3rd round »Month Of Textile« one of Germanys most relevant graphic designers Mario Lombardo was requested to ask 8 artists around the world: »What should the surface of a city look like?«
One of them is Nathan Vincent – an artist living and working in New York, USA. He works across disciplines but has been focusing mainly in fiber arts, drawing, and street art. He has shown in museums and galleries internationally. Vincent has work in several major collections and has been highlighted in magazines and books as well as several television shows.
Lombardo: »›What should the surface of a city look like?‹ Our cities are still defined by urban structures established many centuries ago, sometimes dating back to Roman times, more often shaped in the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution. However, our world is changing rapidly. Surfaces are always the result of the underlying principles. Are the solutions of the past still viable today, especially in face of technological advances of post-modern societies such as the internet? I’m interested in how urban environments, architectural and transportation concepts can be made more responsive to the needs of its current inhabitants. How cities can become more useful, sustainable and flexible. But: Growth and prosperity are limited more than ever. Cities will have to adjust to this. How will this affect the city’s surfaces in the future? Start to imagine!«
Vincent: »›Manhole covers seem like a portal to the underworld.‹ I have been interested in the way cities are built in layers for years. Ancient civilizations built one on top of another and modern cities sometimes do the same, burying the old to make room for the new. After moving to New York I was surprised to learn that there is an entire underworld below us, beyond just the subway system. Basements that are connected, buildings that have »sunk«, and of course the buildings that are demolished to make room for new shiny buildings.
I love the idea of walking and driving around on the streets of New York, with an entire world beneath us. Manhole covers always seem like a portal to the underworld of New York- something hidden, something mysterious, the connection between the past and the present.«
All other contestants and their artistic work can be seen here. Now it is your turn to show them which one has done best. Vote for your favourite work by clicking on the vote button. Voting ends December 16th (6pm CET)! The two artists with the most votes will take part in the Final »Future of the City Award« voting in January 2012.
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