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Imagining and Making the World

Reconsidering Architecture and Utopia


Edited By Nathaniel Coleman

Although the association between architecture and utopia (the relationship between imagining a new world and exploring how its new conditions can best be organized) might appear obvious from within the domain of utopian studies, architects have long attempted to dissociate themselves from utopia. Concentrating on the difficulties writers from both perspectives experience with the topic, this collection interrogates the meta-theoretical problematic for ongoing intellectual work on architecture and utopia. The essays explore divergent manifestations of the play of utopia on architectural imagination, situated within specific historical moments, from the early Renaissance to the present day. The volume closes with an exchange between Nathaniel Coleman, Ruth Levitas, and Lyman Tower Sargent, reflecting on the contributions the essays make to situating architecture and utopia historically and theoretically within utopian studies, and to articulating utopia as a method for inventing and producing better places. Intriguing to architects, planners, urban designers, and others who study and make the built environment, this collection will also be of interest to utopian studies scholars, students, and general readers with a concern for the interrelationships between the built environment and social dreaming.


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Notes on Contributors Nathaniel Coleman is Senior Lecturer in Architecture at Newcastle University, U.K. He first studied architecture at the Institute for Architec- ture and Urban Studies in New York City, holds BFA and BArch degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design, a MUP degree from the City College of New York Program in Urban Design, and MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, where Joseph Rykwert was his super- visor. A licensed architect, Coleman has practiced in New York and Rome, including with Hardy Holzman Pfeif fer and Eisenman/Robertson. A recipient of Graham Foundation and British Academy grants, Coleman’s primary research interest is the problematic of Utopia in relation to archi- tecture history, theory, and design and the city. He is author of Utopias and Architecture, has contributed chapters to The Hand and the Soul: Aesthetics and Ethcs in Architecture and Art (ed., Sanda Iliescu) and Constructing Place: Mind and Matter (ed., Sarah Menin), and articles to journals includ- ing Cloud-Cuckoo-Land, Interfaces, ARQ, and the International Journal of Art and Design Education. Diane E. Davis is Professor of Political Sociology in the International Development Group in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), U.S.A. Davis’s research interests include the politics of urban policy, cities in conf lict, and the relationship between cities and national development. Recent research, supported by both the MacArthur Foundation and the Carnegie Corpora- tion, focuses on violence and insecurity in cities of the global south....

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