Cape Town, South Africa
Extremely filthy, highly branded, and built from reclaimed shipping containers, this foreboding vision of the future of architecture paints a rather bleak fate for cities. Created by South African designer Justin Plunkett, the so-called Con/struct series is meant to illustrate the overbearing influence of commercialisation both on the way we live and on our urban landscape. Plunkett hopes his computer-animated work—which looks like one part shipping container architecture gone awry and one part ruin porn - will "encourage questioning and exploration: inviting the debate around how marketing-induced aspiration and perceived value can empower but can also corrupt, how it can be both perverse and create beauty."
The imagined scenes are an amalgamation of his own personal photography and digital techniques, uniting the two disciplines to create fictional sites, visualisations and surreal compositions. the juxtaposed architectural environments seek to reveal the realities of what is sold and longed to be attained as conceivably threatening and harmful ideals.