Release Date:01 Apr 2006


Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Urville, the capital of a large island province, has a population of nearly 12 million, making it the one of the most significant cities in Europe. It is also entirely imaginary.

Gilles Tréhin, an autistic man with exceptional creative talents and an obsession with large cities, conceived and developed Urville over the course of 20 years. He shares his vision in this beautifully illustrated guide to the city, which he renders convincingly real in nearly 300 drawings of different districts of Urville. He describes, in remarkable detail, the architectural styles of its individual buildings and provides historical, geographical, economic and cultural information. This includes historical figures and cultural anecdotes grounded in historical reality - Tréhin accounts for the effects of the Vichy regime, the Second World War and globalisation on his imagined city.

This book offers fascinating evidence of and insight into the creative power of the autistic mind and will be of interest to people with autism and without.

A collection of almost 200 pencil drawings of an imaginary city. Of interest to anyone with a taste for fantasy, and an insight into the incredible imaginative creativity of some autistic minds. – Current Awareness Service
It is with great pleasure that one can see `Urville' on the bookshops shelves. Gilles Trehin, a young man with autism is a drawing artist. His sketches represent primarily perspectives of buildings belonging to an imaginary urban development which his author called 'Urville' and which he started in 1984. This city has avenues, streets, public service buildings, churches, schools etc. All drawn very carefully, the small details are deliciously drawn. – Link, Autism - Europe
Urville is an impressive work not because Trehin has been called autistic but because it is a testament to the creativity and talent he possesses. The artistry and finesse evident in the pages of Urville gives us an accomplished vision of one man's ideal city. For the drawings of this city alone, it is worth spending some hours in Urville. Taking the city in its intended context fires the imagination and gives the interested reader an imaginary tour unlike any other. – The Irish Psychologist
This book offers an insight into the creative power of the autistic mind which will appeal to autistic and non autistic people alike. – Autism Us
Gilles Tréhin is 32 years old and autistic. He has exceptional talents in mathematics, music, languages and art. He has been developing his vision of Urville since the age of 15, and drawing since the age of 5. His father is vice-president of Autism-Europe, Belgium.
Foreword by Uta Frith. Preface. Map of Urville. Introduction. A brief history of Urville. 1. The old town and Carsouce Harbour - the historical quarter of Urville. 2. The growth of Urville. 3. The left bank of Écrantes. 4. Beaux-Sites, Tression and Valmures. 5. Bellevalois, Mascotte and Barongeais. 6. Sermaille, Catalogne, tainon, Montgelat and Fensouque. 7. Jonquilles, Académie, République et Fontinelles. 8. Liberté, Mirecailles, Quatre-Saison and Pré Saint-Julien. 9. Tégartines, Moineaux, Rossignol. 10. Trières, Martin-Pecheur, la Bourache and Mount Saint-Martin. 11. The East. 12. The northern industrial district. 13. The North-East. 14. Futurville 2000 and the airports.
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