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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 2509 pages and are growing day by day.

Latest news on Les Cités Obscures

Latest news by La Lumière:

31-01-2015  · Maison Autrique temporally closed

Maison Autrique temporally closed Maison Autrique in Brussels has been open to the public for already 10 years. Due to restoration works on the facades and an update of the scenography, the opening to the public will be reduced from February 16, 201…
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29-01-2015  · Angoulême 2015 : Otomo wins Grand Prix

Angoulême 2015 : Otomo wins Grand Prix Katsuhiro Otomo has won the Grand Prix of the comic festival of Angoulême 2015 . Otomo is the first Japanse artist who has won this prestigious price. Otomo is a Japanese manga artist, screenwriter and film d…
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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…
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28-09-2015  · « Train World », le rêve ferroviaire de François Schuiten
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20-09-2015  · Las Ciudades Oscuras 3. La Torre De Schuiten Y Peeters
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23-08-2015  · Francois Schuiten: Les trains et les RER sont devenus hideux
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Scan Pyramids project 26-11-2015 19:25
Lancaster University 26-11-2015 19:12
Guy, Simon 26-11-2015 19:11
Lancaster 26-11-2015 19:01
Peeters, Benoît 26-11-2015 07:01
Dossiers 24-11-2015 18:43
El otro lado del espejo. Arquitectura y cómic, la obra de Schuiten y Peeters 24-11-2015 18:42
Mechanics 19-11-2015 06:51
Lampe Urbicande 17-11-2015 18:52
Rêves d'archives at the Mundaneum 17-11-2015 18:46

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