IDEAL CITIES UTOPIANISM AND THE UNBUILT ENVIRONMENT PDF

This vast panorama spans more than two millennia of Western attempts to invent the perfect city, cradle of the ideal society. The ideal cities in this richly illustrated book exist for the most part in the domain of ideas. Ruth Eaton explores the ability of ideal cities to stimulate reflection and change, and she suggests under what conditions they might continue to exercise their vital function in relation to the urban environment of the future. While it is true that notorious attempts to cross the border into reality have greatly discredited utopianism, it is good to recallwith the famous historian of cities, Lewis Mumfordthat "a map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at. Ideal cities, or utopias, have been imagined in dazzling detail by philosophers, poets, architects, social reformers, religious zealots, and artists for more than two millennia, an abiding and ever-evolving vision Eaton cogently surveys in this unique, thought-provoking, and resplendently illustrated history. Utopias, Eaton explains, are most often conceived as panaceas during "times of profound social unrest"; aim for "the greatest collective happiness and harmony"; and tend toward geometrically precise and orderly designs as though mathematical balance can control nature's wildness and humanity's perversity.

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Ideal cities, or utopias, have been imagined in dazzling detail by philosophers, poets, architects, social reformers, religious zealots, and artists for more than two millennia, an abiding and ever-evolving vision Eaton cogently surveys in this unique, thought-provoking, and resplendently illustrated history. Utopias, Eaton explains, are most often conceived as panaceas du Ideal cities, or utopias, have been imagined in dazzling detail by philosophers, poets, architects, social reformers, religious zealots, and artists for more than two millennia, an abiding and ever-evolving vision Eaton cogently surveys in this unique, thought-provoking, and resplendently illustrated history.

Utopias, Eaton explains, are most often conceived as panaceas during times of profound social unrest; aim for the greatest collective happiness and harmony; and tend toward geometrically precise and orderly designs as though mathematical balance can control nature's wildness and humanity's perversity.

After presenting her working definition of paradisiacal cities, Eaton ventures forth to conduct elaborate guided tours of various utopias, many inspired by myths or religious texts. She explicates Plato's ideal city; Sforzinda, the first Renaissance utopian proposal; the urban dream of early-sixteenth-century Englishman Thomas More, who coined the term utopia; and so-called new-world utopian playgrounds.

As Eaton moves into the machine age, plans for ideal cities Le Corbusier presides grow more and more ambitious, extreme, and morbidly entrancing. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews.

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Ideal Cities: Utopianism and the (Un)Built Environment

Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 December ; 75 4 : — By rendering these fictional cities in a fictional fashion, Feuerstein adopted a unique strategy to avoid one of the problems that has long haunted would-be scholars of utopian architecture: how to subject the buildings of literature to the formal and historical analyses that are the tools of architectural historians. This problem has encouraged past historians to concentrate on ideal cities that have been visually rendered in some capacity, as with Ruth Eaton's copiously illustrated Ideal Cities: Utopia and the Un Built Environment and Helen Rosenau's narrower but more rigorous The Ideal City: Its Architectural Evolution Tessa Morrison attempts to tackle both the methodological problem of formally analyzing written architecture and the analytical problem of reconciling illustrations with texts in her new book, Unbuilt Utopian Cities to

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