Once in a while, we love to find something “worthy” enough to catch an architect’s attention if offered to him or her as a gift. Canadian artist Steve McDonald created Fantastic Cities, an eye-catching coloring book filled with intricate illustrations. The project has a distinctive large square-format and features 60 cities from around the world, including Paris, Tokyo, London, Istanbul, Guadalajara, New York and many more. We think of this book as one of those rare things that you come across and pause for a moment: it is captivating, provocative and possibly addictive for anyone who happens to take a sneak peek inside.
The unconventional relaxation tool for architects is currently available for purchase on Amazon, at a cost of £9.93. “This coloring book features immersive aerial views of real cities from around the world alongside gorgeously illustrated, Inception-like architectural mandalas. The project offers absorbingly complex vistas to color—nearly 60—including a selection of mind-bending labyrinthine architectural illustrations for still deeper meditative coloring adventures and imaginative flights of fancy”, explained Steve McDonald. Have fun trying to identify the places depicted in the illustrations below! Do you think this coloring book would make for an interesting architects’ gift?