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The end of utopiaSubscription

By Douglas Murphy

Architects have always dreamed of building a better world, dreams that were realised on a gigantic new scale in the twentieth century, but since the 1970s this ambition has faded – so why did we stop thinking about tomorrow?

Lucio Costas plan for Brasilia

Typology: New townsSubscription


Creating new urban areas from scratch may appear to be a utopian exercise, but more frequently it entrenches existing systems of power

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Constant New Babylon Zehn Lithografien 1963 Drawing Matter Collections

The mirage of an ideal metropolisSubscription


The unattainable shore of utopia spurs great feats of discovery

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Building utopia: 50 years of AurovilleSubscription

By Peter Scriver, Amit Srivastava

A much-desired multicultural paradise has metamorphosed into an ecological Shangri-La

New Harmony

View From New HarmonySubscription

By Ben Nicholson and Michelangelo Sabatino

Once conceived as a socialist utopia, today New Harmony is a curiously equal community inhabiting an equally curious architectural legacy