Alan Boutwell became acquainted with the ideas of the megastructuralists during his studies and was particularly impressed by the thoughts and designs of Archigram. In 1965, his first designs of modular building systems were released, in which he experimented with new technologies and materials. The project of a gigantic linear city that he created together with Michael Mitchell caused a sensation. It spanned on hundred meter high pillars straight across the American continent. Its interior combined all classical functions of urban life and was connected by a complex traffic system that was differentiated by speed, transportation and distances.

Alan Boutwell/ Mike Mitchell, Continuous city for 1.000.000 human beings.

In: Domus 470, Milan, 1969

Alan Boutwell and Michael Mitchell described their project with the self-confidence and urgency that is characteristic of that time: This is our city. We have not sensationalized. All that we have described is feasible today [...] If we do not act now, in spite of all the seemingly insuperable difficulties, we shall sonn reach a state where action is no longer possible. (1)

 

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Alan Boutwell/ Mike Mitchell, Continuous city for 1.000.000 human beings, section.

In: Domus 470, Milan, 1969

(1) Alan Boutwell, Michael Mitchell, Planning on a national scale,

in: Domus 470; Jan 1969, S. 6