Obscure cities archives
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 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 contain about 2432 pages and are growing day by day.
Latest news by La Lumière:
09-01-2015 · L'Imaginaire architectural au service de la fiction
L'Imaginaire architectural au service de la fiction
ENSA Paris-Malaquais will organize a conference with Benoît Peeters about “Des Cités Obscures a Revoir Paris: L'Imaginaire architectural au service de la fiction”. This conference will be held on J…
Preview of 2015
The end of the year is good for a review of 2014 but also for a preview of 2015. What are the plans of François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters for the new year?
Two exhibitions that started in 2014 will end. First the exhibition in Lyo…
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…
Other news about Schuiten & Peeters:
21-02-2015 · Revoir Paris: From Hausmann to Schuiten and Peeters
23-01-2015 · Paris en passe d’être gagné pour Schuiten et Peeters
23-01-2015 · A Palimpsest called Paris
18-01-2015 · "Revoir Paris" in de Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine
09-01-2015 · Schuiten et Peeters rêvent d’un Paris futuriste
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