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IDEAL CITIES Utopianism and the (Un) Built Environment

Eaton, Ruth

ISBN 10: 9061534755 / ISBN 13: 9789061534754
Published by Antwerp, Mercatorfonds, 2001
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Antwerp,2001.29x24cm. Quarto.255 pp.300 illustr., mostly in color.With bibliography & index. Orig.cloth with dustjacket.With orig.slipcase. Weight:2,2 kilo Postage in the EU 24, Australia/USA 34 Euros via Priority. Bookseller Inventory # 0002421

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Title: IDEAL CITIES Utopianism and the (Un) Built ...

Publisher: Antwerp, Mercatorfonds

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Edition: 1st Edition

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The book presents a vast panorama of Western attempts to invent the perfect city, cradle of the ideal society. This work embraces not only architecture and town planning but also art, literature, philosophy and politics. It takes us through the imaginary environments of a wide variety of fascinating and often controversial movements and figures such as Plato, Filarete, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas More, Thomas Jefferson, Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, Charles Fourier, Etienne Cabet, Robert Owen, William Morris, Ebenezer Howard, Bruno Taut, Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, the International Situationists, Archigram, and many more. Ideal cities presented by Ruth Eaton exists for the most part in the virtual domain of ideas, ignorant of specific contextual conditions. Attempt to cross the border into reality have risked engendering the discredit of utopianism. However, as the American architectural critic, Lewis Mumford (-1895) recalled, "a Map of the World that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at...". This publication thus, richly illustrated, appreciates the ideal city's ability to promote reflection and stimulate change in the real world and Ruth Eaton suggests under what conditions it might continue to exercise this vital function in relation to the urban environment of the future. In het Nederlands De Ideale stad - Utopia en de (niet) gebouwde omgeving>ISBN 978 90 6153 473 0

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"A historical timeline of past and present envisionings of the perfect city, from detailed Renaissance plans to new millennium metropolises...gorgeous full-color plates."Dwell

This vast panorama spans more than 2,000 years of Western attempts to invent the perfect city. Embracing not only architecture and town planning but also art, literature, philosophy, and politics, Ruth Eaton takes the reader through the imaginary environments of a wide variety of fascinating and often controversial movements and figures: Plato, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas More, Thomas Jefferson, William Morris, Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Archigram, Superstudio, and many more.

Eaton explores the ability of ideal cities to stimulate reflection and change. She also suggests under what conditions they might continue to exercise their vital function in relation to the urban environment of the future, heeding the great historian of cities Lewis Mumford's words that "a map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at." 300 illustrations and photographs, 250 in color.

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