Monday, 21 November 2016

What If Metropolis, Travelogue (Revision No.1)

Travelogue-Veteris (artist: Peter Voulkos)

Those not local to Veteris would be given a single indication that they were within bounds of the city. A lone arch stood at least 10 metres tall made of stone. Oddly shaped it give a small insight into Veteris’ more ‘obscure’ architecture. Beside this gate there were no walls, it simply stood as a reminder for any passer-by of the city’s unique mind set on design.

Never static, ever building, ever changing and never afraid to stray from what has already been accepted; Veteris was a different kind of place. The biggest influence that the people have held in their hearts was their collective living space.

After the joining of two families both groups would follow the tradition of constructing a new home. This was done by taking apart their own homes and bringing in the combined materials forming a new structure. Over time the living space would grow larger, stretching towards the sky.
Upon closer inspection the tall buildings appear to be formed from multiple shapes. Intricate layers folding into each other, curved walls revolving around the base and sporadic shapes sprouting out from the ground, each part carefully balanced contributing to the building.

It was over time the people forgot how their skyscrapers, their houses and their homes looked like. Eventually the conventional, conforming buildings began to fade away with time. The architecture changed yet no one noticed. Families took great pride in the formation of their new homes pushing the design in both function and aesthetics. With the households living within close proximity of each other one can only admire at their neighbour’s construct. Each rebuilding led to a revised structure, improving from the previous one, improving the city as a whole.

Resulting in the culmination of the years gone by and reshaping of the city, no home was the same. This was not taking into account of the individual changes made by those who lived inside. With the buildings being made from the same material throughout the entire width it makes it difficult to differentiate between the functional and atheistic layers. It was the small differences that would describe the family who lived inside. Despite this one rule always stood true in Veteris’ society, the larger the building the bigger the family and thus the more power they held.  

Connecting all the buildings were bridges carrying flowing water. Bound to every building, these aqueducts act as the main source of income with goods being imported and exported between the surrounding cities. Goods come from outside to the largest of the buildings before having a portion sent to next biggest buildings. This would continue until the smallest of families received what was need. As the littlest of families are unable to take part in the trade they contribute through other means preparing food, crafting clothes, providing medical care and so on. Without each other both the largest and smallest of the families would suffer. Not only did these aqueducts bring in necessities for living but also connected the collective families.   

It was for this reason the tall structures not only acted as a home for families but also as a way of living, providing the much need food, water and essentials. Each ‘house’ connected to another through one form or another, rely upon another. The flowing water moving goods also serving as a form of transportation between houses with as many boats carrying people as there were commodities.

Even with the designs forming wild and constructive shapes advancing the form there were still limitations. One such limitation was the material that was available from the previous houses. As a result the new age designs juxtaposed the material that was used in conjunction.  The varying angles that the layers draw from are crafted from reconstituted materials that have been adhered to each other using different techniques. All structures are of the same worn, dense sturdy and bone like material. Never the less the walls have stood the ages always proving its worth when needed withstanding the rain, wind and storms.

Alongside the buildings, tall structures protruded from the ground. Often found in the same style as that of the building they stood by, chains of lamps would be hung. Others would draw themselves higher in order to hold up the aqueducts. Laced around the angular paths of the city one’s eye would be easily drawn up to meet the man-made objects above them. Much like the inhabited structures the material appeared to be of a solid material, worn away by the time. Sturdy enough to be held in the patterned brick pavements yet well balanced, these lamps lit the city for all to see at night. 

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