Monday, February 12, 2007


Gilles Trehin is an autistic 28-year-old. Since the age of 12, he has been designing an imaginary city called Urville, named after the “Dumont d’Urville,” a French scientific base in Antarctica. He has created detailed historical, geographical, cultural, and economic descriptions of the city, as well as an absolutely extraordinary set of drawings. His Guidebook to Urville will be published later this year.

..When I tell people I have an apartment in a city that exists only in the mind of a brilliant austistic boy I get very strange looks, but when I tell them I live in a city designed by simple-minded, life hating, ignoble minds they just smile and complain about the lack of offramps and too-few starbucks.

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