Conceived in the build-up of global instability preceding the outbreak of COVID-19, E-Z Kryptobuild is a multimedia work that responds to architecture’s role in systems of global inequality and the current climate emergency.
In the 22-minute-long video, a fictitious company called E-Z Kryptobuild offers high-net-worth individuals "post-apocalyptic sustainable luxury" through a selection of architect-designed utopias for the end of times. The majority of the project was produced in the fallout of the pandemic and responds to elite escapism as it unfolded in real time.
Using satire, speculation, and AI technology, the project exaggerates our current condition to emphasize the urgency of this crisis. Blurring the line between truth and fiction, E-Z Kryptobuild reflects on the language and aesthetics of disaster capitalism that have become familiar mantras in the post-global period. It borrows from the architectural imaginations of notable contemporary architects from Zaha Hadid to Norman Foster, and critiques the libertarian ideologies behind recent architectural movements including seasteading and the designs of Silicon Valley mega-campuses.
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