Before I knew what the above GIF even was, I thought immediately of Toronto. The first time I visited the city, I was struck by how much you could infer about the city’s past and future from its streetscape…from the perspective of a visitor from a shrinking, poor US city, Toronto seemed exotic and familiar at the same time—a sci-fi “what if” vision of the great North American metropolis with an alternate 60 years of policy, planning, and economic conditions.
These GIFs, from the Tumblr Neodot City, depict “the cyberpunk Toronto of the future”—a glimpse at how that process of urban intensification might continue in the coming decades. They also demonstrate the artist’s process, building from a reference photo of a specific block to a digital illustration, layer by layer.
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