The Valley of Fire in the Southern Nevada Desert has served as a transitory excursion from society for nearby civilians for thousands of years. The indigenous Moapa Paiute Indians traveled there for religious purposes, while people today use it as an escape from the intensity of nearby Las Vegas. In the 1960s, numerous architectural groups began speculating on the futuristic possibilities of a post-capitalist world. The society we live in today is framed by and built upon capitalism and its call for production and progress through competition and attainment of wealth. When technology and automation erase the need for such endeavors, what do our lives look like?
This site can continue to serve as an escape from society as a platform for speculations on a new post-capitalist environment. Contemporary advancements such as the Internet, decentralized manufacturing, access economies, and shared renewable-energy infrastructures are providing a new and attainable vision of this future. The Valley of Fire can provide a fresh perspective on precedents such as the Situationalists’ New Babylon, Superstudio’s Continuous Monument, and Archizoom’s No-Stop City, and can posit new architectural strategies within the transformed image of our built environment.