The Dynamic City Foundation describes Beijing Boom Tower by architect Neville Mars as an "inspiration against sprawl," through which "an entirely new urban reality is being created."
The Boom Tower, they say, is an example of "the market responding to all future demands: suburban living in the heart of China's capital." Which is interesting, because this is possibly the least suburban thing I've ever seen.
Be sure to dress colorfully.
"Can the city withstand 15 more years of uncontrolled expansion?" they ask. "Can architecture even comprehend the scale of the urban problem? Can the mixed-use megastructure combat our segregating society?"
Why the answer to these questions is a city within a city, constructed from what look like huge stacks of white film canisters plastered with corporate logos, is beyond me – but as a set for a science fiction film?
Go for it.
At least it would attract a lot of tourists.
If you want to learn more about the complex, you can actually watch this (often surreal) short film, wherein you will learn that Beijing Boom Tower... includes a driving range.
Or just download this PDF, which contains an interview with project architect Neville Mars, including his thoughts about the desegregated garden-city towers of the future.
(Originally spotted at we make money not art).