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Postby Paul Clerkin » Mon Mar 27, 2006 9:36 pm

Gilles Tréhin, an autistic gentleman who lives in Cagnes sure Mer, France, has designed an incredibly detailed city that exists only inside his head. He first conceived of the city, called Urville, in 1984, and began to construct a scale model out of LEGOs. In 1986, he says, he "realised that I could expand the city in my mind without necessarily building it in Lego bricks." Tréhin's Web site is filled with drawings of the city, historical and cultural information, data about Urville's economy, and some sociological insights on its population.

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Re: Urville

Postby phil » Thu Mar 30, 2006 1:33 pm

Thanks for posting that Paul. It is very interesting.

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Re: Urville

Postby a boyle » Thu Mar 30, 2006 2:22 pm

wow! sim city meets pimp my brain.
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Re: Urville

Postby ctesiphon » Thu Mar 30, 2006 8:04 pm

I know there are countless examples of imaginary cities, but this story reminded me specifically of one I read about a few years ago- Yield To Total Elation. The attached files are scans from a San Francisco journal called dodge city journal, about which I can find no info on-line- presumably it was fairly short-lived. I have a copy of the issue (Vol.1, Issue 3) from which these scans came. (Copyright, I presume, of Bonnie Grossman / The Ames Gallery, Berkeley, CA.)

I've put them in as links out of consideration for our dial-up friends;) :
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