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Utopia: Beyond Amelioration

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In what follows, I offer a meditation on the political gap that characterizes most contemporary architectural work, described by either its designers or critics as socially engaged, activist, or utopian. In particular, my interest here lies with purportedly utopian work, described as such from either within architecture or from the outside. Absent from almost all contemporary examples of putatively utopian architecture is the commitment to transformation (individual, social, and political) that is central to Utopias vocation (as method, and as desire).

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Author(s): Coleman N

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Boundaries International Architectural Magazine

Year: 2013

Issue: 8

Pages: 4-11

Print publication date: 01/04/2013

ISSN (print): 2239-0332

ISSN (electronic): 2252-3456

Publisher: Luca Sampò