Architectural Animation

Cities in Flight: Animated Short

By April 14, 2009 No Comments

Cities In Flight from Charlie McCulloch on Vimeo.

The movie above by Charlie McCulloch is loosly based on Cities in Flight by James Blish. Amazon describe the story as one of the grandest, and certainly one of the best written, of wide-screen space operas, Blish’s Cities in Flight takes us from the collapse of American civilisation at the moment of its greatest scientific success to its final transfiguration at a moment of cosmic disaster. New York, enclosed in a vast dome, and powered by anti-gravity and hyper- drive, wanders among the stars, a labourer for hire, and yet also the seed of humanity’s brief ascendancy in a hostile galaxy.

We really like the movies style and the editing combined with the models defiantly evokes a feeling of the Blish novels.


Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.