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François Schuiten & Benoît Peeters and the Obscure Cities

Welcome to Altaplana, the impossible and infinite encyclopedia of the world of The Obscure Cities, originally named Les Cités Obscures and its authors François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters.

François Schuiten, Benoît Peeters and their Les Cités Obscures

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 civilisation, each characterised 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.

And although not all their work is officially related to the Obscure Cities, they all seem to fit somehow in the concept of their Les Cités Obscures.

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 in 2011 to lift the embargo on information and open the Altaplana archives for everyone.

The archives at Altaplana contain about 3604 pages and are growing day by day. Enjoy the world of Les Cités Obscures!

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07-08-2020  · Urbaansed palavikuunenäod

Urbaansed palavikuunenäod Arhitektuurikoomiksi näitusel hargnevad hallutsinatoorse jumega lood, mis pakendavad ulmedraama vormi filosoofilisi mõtisklusi urbanistikast ja inimloomusest. Näitus „Urbatekt varjatud maailmas. François Schuiteni ja Beno…
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07-08-2020  · Lummav arhitektuurikoomiks "Segadus Urbicande'is"

Lummav arhitektuurikoomiks "Segadus Urbicande'is" Eesti keeles ilmub nii vähe tõlkekoomikseid, et kui mõni neist tõesti poelettidele jõuab, mõjub see erakordse sündmusena. Seda üllatavam on, et Eesti arhitektuurimuuseum otsustas välja anda totaal…
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13-06-2020  · Le dessinateur François Schuiten a passé son confinement sur Mars

Le dessinateur François Schuiten a passé son confinement sur Mars Créateur de la série fantastique "Les Cités obscures“ avec son complice Benoît Peeters, le Belge François Schuiten s'est évadé sur la planète Mars grâce au dessin pendant la pandémi…
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Fièvre d'Urbicande (La) 13-08-2020 17:33
Smolderen, Thierry 13-08-2020 11:59
Villes 13-08-2020 11:52
Compelled (The) 13-08-2020 08:53
Hildegardia Millenari 13-08-2020 08:12
Forest of Zogecâr 13-08-2020 08:11
Société des Amis du Cube (S.A.C.) 13-08-2020 08:08
Cube 12-08-2020 16:00
Hangar Y 08-08-2020 11:17
Cirb.Brussels / Smart City 08-08-2020 11:14

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