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Léone Drapeaud, Manuel Leon Fanjul, Johnny Leya

Traumnovelle

https://traumnovelle.eu/

Brussels, Belgium
Traumnovelle is a militant faction founded by three Belgian architects: Léone Drapeaud, Manuel León Fanjul and Johnny Leya. Traumnovelle uses architecture and fiction as analytical, critical and subversive tools to emphasize contemporary issues and dissect their resolutions. Traumnovelle alternates between cynicism and enthusiasm all the while advocating for critical thinking in architecture. Traumnovelle champions a multi-disciplinary approach with architecture at the crossroads.

The Atom People


FINAL_FINAL | First dpr-barcelona Writing Grant

The Atom People


FINAL_FINAL | First dpr-barcelona Writing Grant
The sublime despair of not belonging to our own planet’s ecosystems
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  • Systemic changes

After the apocalypse, overheated planet Earth is uninhabitable. Humankind creates a new underground city thanks to a machine producing infinite energy. People of this utopian city vow to learn from the errors of the past and to live in complete balance with nature.

To the scraping of its blades digging into the Earth, generations of humans perfect their machine-city. Social and political structures become simpler. Each human fits in to this complex but optimized self-sufficient ecosystem. By and by, this civilization’s ecological progress transforms into a quest for the garden of Eden in the depths of the terrestrial layers, where they can be freed from the sins of their ancestors.

The city echoes Dante’s nine circles of Inferno, where each sin is punished by its contrary. The machine-city questions the antithetical relationships to nature which stem from the quest for ecology through technology and manifests the sublime despair of not belonging to our own planet’s ecosystems.


The Atom People


FINAL_FINAL | First dpr-barcelona Writing Grant

The Atom People


FINAL_FINAL | First dpr-barcelona Writing Grant
The sublime despair of not belonging to our own planet’s ecosystems
File under
Type of project
  • Systemic changes

After the apocalypse, overheated planet Earth is uninhabitable. Humankind creates a new underground city thanks to a machine producing infinite energy. People of this utopian city vow to learn from the errors of the past and to live in complete balance with nature.

To the scraping of its blades digging into the Earth, generations of humans perfect their machine-city. Social and political structures become simpler. Each human fits in to this complex but optimized self-sufficient ecosystem. By and by, this civilization’s ecological progress transforms into a quest for the garden of Eden in the depths of the terrestrial layers, where they can be freed from the sins of their ancestors.

The city echoes Dante’s nine circles of Inferno, where each sin is punished by its contrary. The machine-city questions the antithetical relationships to nature which stem from the quest for ecology through technology and manifests the sublime despair of not belonging to our own planet’s ecosystems.



Idea by

Léone Drapeaud, Manuel Leon Fanjul, Johnny Leya
Traumnovelle
Brussels
Belgium
Traumnovelle is a militant faction founded by three Belgian architects: Léone Drapeaud, Manuel León Fanjul and Johnny Leya. Traumnovelle uses architecture and fiction as analytical, critical and subversive tools to emphasize contemporary issues and dissect their resolutions. Traumnovelle alternates between cynicism and enthusiasm all the while advocating for critical thinking in architecture. Traumnovelle champions a multi-disciplinary approach with architecture at the crossroads.