Utopian City: The World's Largest Interactive Urban Diorama

Architect Giacomo Castagnola and Urban Planner James Rojas firmly believe that the best way to look at a cityscape is from every angle. 

The two creatives just finished the world's largest interactive city diorama of the City of Long Beach, which is designed to make the audience physically interact with and break away from the traditional ways they view architecture. 

"Cities are messy, engaging, creative and rich information," the two write. "Every city's planning department should have one to encourage more people to get involved in creating better places."


The 40-by-30-by-10 foot diorama includes the city's topography, urban structures and public art features and is view-able from the sides, top and from underneath.Visitors are encouraged to observe the city and propose their own ideas for the "utopian" future. 

The diorama is currently housed in the Collaborative Gallery in Long Beach. Read more on the Collaborative Gallery website and check out our own, local, large-scale version at the Phoenix Urban Research Lab in downtown Phoenix. 

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Claire Lawton
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