"New Babylon is above all a social utopia based on Homo Ludens"
In 1963, the situationist artist Constant Nieuwenhuys drew his plans for the New Babylon over Antwerp maps. This illustration of the unitary urbanism utopic and futuristic city created connections and layers of collective spaces to offer the citizens unpredicted situations, new possibilities of interaction and meeting.
Using the transformations that will take place with the ring capping as a starting point, we want to stress the relation between the possible and the desirable urban situations with unexpected uses of the public spaces.
Our aim is to unveil the imaginary of New Babylon over Antwerp, designing collectively a new cartography to represent the pre-existences, emergences and desires of its actual inhabitants.
Over a public space in Luchbtal, directly on the urban ground, we will draw with cray and paint our version of a gigantesque New Babylon map to building an ephemeral situation of play that will discuss connections and interactions on Antwerp nowadays.
This ephemeral cartography will be designed and debated by students and local young people through participatory dynamics and a hands-on urban intervention. Like a hopscotch, it will stimulate a joyful and playful situation for the direct interaction of the inhabitants with the representation of their city and expected situations.