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MVRDV

Stroom Den Haag

The focal point of this show by the architectural firm MVRDV was a large projection of Pig City, 2001, a computer simulation of a giant tower for the industrial breeding of pigs. While some advocate a return to more natural modes of farming, MVRDV pushes ahead in the opposite direction, promulgating its favorite method: stacking things on top of each other, thus making the most of the limited space available in Holland. The exhibition also included an updated version of the firm’s installation MetaCity/DataTown, 1998/2001. To view this work, one must stand in the center of four screens placed at right angles to each other, on which computer-generated images are projected. Together these form a constantly moving panorama of Data-Town, the model city (or MetaCity) whose design is ruled by a set of statistics on area, population density, and so on. Engulfed by MetaCity/DataTown, the viewer

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