Documentary seeks funding to finish tour of UK-engineered social utopias
What are dreams made of? More importantly, how are these dreams executed, and how do we live in the corresponding gap between vision and reality? For the residents of the U.K. towns Basildon and Essex, who dwell in post-World War II "New Towns" designed to be social utopias, their struggles to... View full entry
The Wish Machine by Autoban, part of the London Design Biennale, invites visitors to walk through a tunnel made of transparent hexagonal tubes
This September the first ever London Design Biennale will take place at Somerset House with featured projects from over thirty countries. The inaugural show is themed 'Utopia by Design' and celebrates the 500th anniversary of the publication of Sir Thomas More's classic, Utopia (1516).Turkey's... View full entry
Alissa Walker imagines a "utopian" Los Angeles in 2056
Sorry, I’m not able to send this directly through SnapFace since your iPhone 6 doesn’t support neural chat. Old-fashioned text pixels will have to do. Remember the movie “Her”? That’s what Los Angeles is like in 2056. L.A. is the densest city in the U.S., with a population that’s about a third larger than it was in 2016. Taller buildings are everywhere, including New DTLA — a corridor of super-talls that runs the length of Wilshire all the way to Santa Monica.
— Los Angeles Times
The speculative fiction details a "utopian" city primarily characterized by efficient, far-reaching public transport and fewer cars. There's no longer a drought, and buildings are wrapped in "solar skins" designed by Elon Musk.For more speculative visions of a future California, check out these... View full entry
Flashback: Floyd McKissick's unfinished “Soul City” suburb in NC
There would be homes and industry surrounded by trees, hills and lakes. Above all, there would be no prejudice, poverty or slums, according to a Soul City brochure...Despite its name, Soul City was never intended to be an all-black town, but rather, a multi-racial community built and managed by black people.
[But] Portions of the area resemble a ghost town, rotting – or perhaps waiting. Could Soul City ever be resurrected?
— The Guardian
Read up on the rise and halt of Soul City, a suburb that attorney and civil rights activist Floyd McKissick envisioned for North Carolina's Warren County in the late 1960s-70s.More on Archinect:"Quintessential America" at play in the Museum of African American History and CultureFor Libertarian... View full entry
"Latin America is where modernist Utopia went to die." – A closer look at the changing urban landscape of Caracas
‘El mejor anuncio de la historia’, or ‘the best ad in history’ is a picture taken in February 2008, which neatly encapsulates several aspects of the city’s urban landscape: the formal, the informal and the promotional.
'[...]Around and in between the super bloques a carpet of slums has grown, an organism that now seems to bind the blocks together in some symbiotic relationship. These are the kind of hybrid forms that are developing in Latin American cities [...]’
Related in the Archinect news:Venezuelan Government Evicts Residents From World's Tallest SlumWithout Housing Reform, is a "Tower of David" Coming to Your City?Housing mobility vs. America's growing slum problem View full entry
Floating City Project advances to Phase II
We closed 2014 by taking a delegation of architects and engineers to an undisclosed location where we hope to locate the first floating city in the sea nearby. We believe there could be a market on our floating city for residences, tourism, aquaculture, a business park, a research institute, and a powerplant to sell energy and clean water back to the host nation.
— Floating City Project
The Seasteading Institute continues to work towards their goal of establishing the first floating city with significant political autonomy by 2020. Currently they are focusing on - enhancing novel seastead designs, which includes wave tank testing and acquiring more detailed financial... View full entry
10 Failed Utopian Cities That Influenced the Future
Bonus: BoozeTown, the Crazy-Ass Town of Drunks
It is still up for debate, but I will say real estate ownership might be abolished and become irrelevant. View full entry
Paradise lost? The enduring legacy of a Soviet-era utopian workers’ district
Architecture critic Owen Hatherley travelled to Nizhny Novgorod to visit Avtozavod, a purpose-built “workers’ paradise”. The idealism may have gone, but its legacy remains strong
For Libertarian Utopia, Float Away on ‘Startup’ Nation
As dawn breaks over the Gulf of Fonseca, southeast of El Salvador, Patri Friedman sets out for a jog. He trots past domed hothouses filled with fruit trees and feels the sidewalk sway gently underfoot as a tugboat chugs by with a floating apartment building in tow. The year is 2024, and Friedman lives on a so-called seastead, a waterbound city of some 1,000 people who produce their own food, their own energy and -- most important -- their own laws.
Previously:Obscenely Rich Tech Folk Are Still Building Their Island Utopia Off The Coast of San FranciscoPaypal Founder Invests $1.25 Million to Create Floating Micro-Countries View full entry
Jacque Fresco's and the Venus Project
Instead of having parks, the whole city is a park...Like aluminum extrusions the whole building is extruded and then it is cut by laser beams, then inserted into a structure by machine. - Jacque Fresco
— BBC News
Paul Kerley explores the 97-year old architect's vision of the future. For the Venus Project, the goal is a radically different society. One replete with monorails and retro-Modernist architecture à la Disney's Epcot, where everything from nations to jobs are no longer... View full entry
Editor's Picks #311
For the latest edition in his NEXT SERIES: features, Orhan Ayyüce spoofed the rise of architectural firms who hire media experts, also known as social media coordinators or marketing directors. The piece titled Media Specialist Wanted began provocatively "in architectural media, what it used... View full entry
Call for contributions zawia#01:Utopia
"... If history has taught us that the realization of a utopia is necessarily its destruction, Can we regard this process as a continuously failing attempt of architectural hallucinations? Or is it a way to promote escapism from an inevitable dystopic reality? ..."
The call for contributions for the upcoming volume zawia#01:Utopia is out now. We are expecting abstracts until the 28th of January. Please download the document by visiting our website www.zawia.co or by simply clicking here... View full entry
Glen Small's Detroit Trilogy
Glen Small's visionary urban projects of Detroit 1966-69: KERN BLOCK VERTICAL ROAD MASS TRANSIT DETROIT THE GREAT STADIUM View full entry