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Obscure cities archives

Welcome to Altaplana the place on the internet dedicated to the world of The Obscure Cities, originally named Les Cités Obscures and its authors François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters.

François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters started to explore these cities in the early 1980s. In this fictional world, humans live in independent city-states, each of which has developed a distinct civilization, each characterized by a distinctive architectural style.

François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters didn't only explore this universe by graphic novels, but also by the means of books, movies, exhibitions, scenographics & radio documentaries.

The word Obscure is somewhat misleading for English-speaking readers. In English we tend to think of the word to mean “little known” or “odd.” The French use the word for multiple meanings, including “mysterious”, “hidden” or even “secluded.” ALL of these adjectives could apply to the world imagined in the minds of Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten.

On the Obscure Continent Altaplana is the city that is dedicated to hold all the archives of the Obscure Cities. Altaplana was founded in November 747 AT, after the Convention Von Amelunxen decided that all archives had to be centralized in one special place. Altaplana is located west of Urbicande and Alaxis, mid-way between the two in longitude.

The founding of Altaplana was not an immediately success. It took a long time to sort out if the documents have to be archived in alphabetical, chronological or logical order. Even after personal intervention of Governor Arkhalsky the chaos remained.

It was after a long time that Joseph Le Perdriel brought structure in the chaos by implementing a system that allowed documents to be archived in alphabetical, chronological and logical order, all at the same time. This system made it possible to lift the embargo on information and open the Altaplana archives for everyone.

The archives at Altaplana have about 2117 pages and are growing day by day.


Click for more information the Russian translation of L'Enfant Penchée


Latest news on Les Cités Obscures

Latest news by La Lumière:

28-11-2014  · La Douce arrives in Trainworld

La Douce arrives in Trainworld In the night of November 24, 2014 the 12.004 locomotive La Douce arrived in Trainworld in Brussels. La Douce will be one of the center pieces in the new museum Trainworld. A museum that will provide a complete experien…
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08-11-2014  · Exhibition Luc and François Schuiten in Lyon

Exhibition Luc and François Schuiten in Lyon Their drawings are similar, and they are sometimes confused, all the more so as they have signed some albums together. They share the same passion for architecture born of a common education, the same cap…
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Other news about Schuiten & Peeters:

17-12-2014  · Schuiten et Peeters fantasment Paris
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17-12-2014  · Le Paris de Schuiten et Peeters à la Cité de l’architecture
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07-12-2014  · Parijs zien...
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05-12-2014  · François Schuiten présente «Revoir Paris» à la Cité de l’architecture
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05-12-2014  · Schuiten et Peeters : une BD et une expo à Paris
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01-12-2014  · Rallumer la flamme de l’utopie
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01-12-2014  · Paris, rêve droite rêve gauche
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28-11-2014  · Schuiten & Peeters : « L’absence de vision à long terme est la pire des choses »
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Latest additions and major changes to Altaplana

2014 AD 15-12-2014 07:26
Exhibition Revoir Paris 15-12-2014 06:56
Revoir Paris 10-12-2014 18:34
Parijs zien 10-12-2014 18:34
Fantasztikus Városok (Hungarian translation) 10-12-2014 15:40
Mers Perdues - Lecture by Jacques Abeille 10-12-2014 11:19
Humeur Vagabonde (l') 09-12-2014 19:57

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Click for more information about Revoir Paris, the new album of François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters