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Michelangelo rolling over on top of Bernini

More screen captures, this time from a trailer of Roland Emmerich's film 2012, which looks as if it's aspiring to be classified in the bukakke subgenre of disaster porn. Retinal outbursts of apocalyptic carnage will be numerous and their delivery relentless and furious, nonstop until of course the FX shops have exhausted themselves and not because of some narrative obligations.

It would be great if some of the shots in the trailer each provided the basis for a landscape/architecture studio, an ideas competition or the instigation for a series of micro blog posts. For instance, Michelangelo's dome rolling over on top of Bernini's piazza could be the starting point for a studio in which students are tasked to formulate a master plan for a post-apocalypse Rome. They will be following in the footsteps of some of the greatest (or at least most interesting) builders and urban planners in history: the emperors, the popes and the fascists.

With such illustrious precedents, the pressure on students to outdo them will cause sleepless, sweaty and scream-filled nights. However, one will be soundly dreaming about Michelangelo's still decapitated dome, lying on its sides, fully restored and repurposed as public housing, then elevated on a rainforest of recycled columns above Bernini.


Another maybe could explore what urban lessons can be gleaned from the floating, nuclear city of USS John F. Kennedy and speculate on their applicability to landborne cities.

If you can incorporate the aircraft carrier omelette-flipping onto the White House into your proposal without getting pelted by assorted vegetables and laughed out of your final critique, you will win a very plump traveling fellowship.


And lastly, how about landscape architecture via tectonic attenuation?
  • Blaize
  • August 7, 2009 at 1:18:00 PM CDT
  • I went with my parents to see a movie, which was disorienting simply because I haven't been out to the movies in probably a couple of years. Before the previews even began, we were assaulted by non-stop LOUD advertisements. So, when the trailer for 2012 came up, I was actually relieved, mostly because of the entertainment value of the exact scenes you have reproduced above. St. Peter's crushing a herd of Catholics made my dad say, "Oh, no. Not St. Peter's!" I said back, "Yeah, who cares about the crushed Catholics?"

    When the USS Kennedy rolled over on the White House, we laughed. Something about that particular effect was so...great and tacky.

  • glen.h
  • August 21, 2009 at 12:55:00 AM CDT
  • I agree! The trailers of 2012 promise a hoot-fest of catastrophic proportions...

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