Fig 1: C. Lim, M, Mutanda,T. Marchewka: Discontinuous cities (2007) Collage
C J Lim is the founder of Studio 8 Architects and Professor of Architecture at the Bartlett UCL. Lim created Short Stories as an alternative way to communicate the complexity and narratives within city spaces. Lim uses fairy tales and myth as his inspiration, and invents architectural scenarios which meld narrative and place together (fig 1). It’s an ambitious and creative way to think about where we live, and it ties in with the history, and fiction of the city. Architects traditionally use plans, diagrammatic visuals, and slick computer generated images to project future invention, but not everyone can read a plan, and polished visuals stifle creative thoughts. To counteract this, Lim and his team have instead used delicate and complicated paper assemblages, to re imagine parts of London. This approach is intended to engage the public imagination and to encourage speculation and discussion about how space is used, and the role architecture plays in society. It’s an exciting and lateral way of looking at place and narrative
It’s worth looking at Lim’s previous book too, ‘Virtually Venice’ which he constructed for the Venice Biennale in 2004. In it, he imagines Venice as Kublai Khan after conversations with Marco Polo.
LIM, C.J. and LUI, E. (2011) Short stories in two and a half dimensions. Oxfordshire and USA. Routledge.
THATFIELD. (2011). Virtually Venice. Now urbanism: Mapping the city [online] Available at:
https://uwcitiescollab.wordpress.com/2011/12/16/virtually-venice/ [Accessed 15 December 2016]