Impossible Skyscrapers and One HippodromeS

Early twentieth century architectural renderer Hugh Ferriss secured a lasting legacy with his urban futurist drawings of looming Art Deco buildings, mysterious domes, sensuous spaceships, and skylines that look eerily like today's cities and downtowns. For his modernist visions of the city — some of which really remind me of Mike "Hellboy" Mignola's work — check out his classic 1920s book, The Metropolis of Tomorrow. And of course click through for gallery of some of his most stunning work.

Impossible Skyscrapers and One HippodromeS

Impossible Skyscrapers and One HippodromeS

Impossible Skyscrapers and One HippodromeS

Impossible Skyscrapers and One HippodromeS

Impossible Skyscrapers and One HippodromeS

Impossible Skyscrapers and One HippodromeS

Impossible Skyscrapers and One HippodromeS

Impossible Skyscrapers and One HippodromeS

Impossible Skyscrapers and One HippodromeS

Ferriss' work as an architectural "renderer" meant that he was a guy who translated blueprints into sketches of buildings to show people how they would look when completed. These days, his job has been replaced by Autocad. Or you can check out more scans of his sketches from Kosmograd.

Hugh Ferriss and the Metropolis of Tomorrow [Feuilleton]