Straight lines might be logical, predictable, and efficient, but they are also completely “godless”— at least according to Austrian artist and designer Tausendsassa Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser (which translates to “Multi-Talented Peace-Filled Rainy Day Dark-Colored Hundred Waters” in German).

This story, produced for 99% Invisible, is about how Hundertwasser’s vision for architecture plays out in my hometown of Magdeburg, which is full of straight lines and located in former communist East Germany.

Slate‘s design blog “The Eye” also published this story as “An Architectural Crusade Against the Tyranny of Straight Lines”.

The Straight Line is a Godless Line (99% Invisible)