Architecture and Utopia · @Archidose

Where to go after “free architecture”? One logical step is into the realm of Utopia; after all, isn’t open-source a Utopian ideal? Doesn’t open-source break down political and social boundaries to promote architecture as a means of bettering people’s lives? Not surprisingly, this issue is heavier on material outside of projects, unlike its predecessor. There is also research, photography, and manifestos. The latter (as well as a “year that was” paying tribute to Utopias of the 1960s) is a highlight of the issue, featuring responses by architects like Rintala Eggertsson and TYIN.
Utopia is hardly the most popular topic in architectural discourse today (an introductory essay by Nathaniel Coleman discusses how architects like Zaha Hadid divorce their ideas of Utopia from political and social concerns, something much in the news recently), but it’s not an idea that will go away, no matter how impossible the goal may be. As the gap between rich and poor increases, architects become more socially aware, and Utopia follows close behind.

by John Hill, on Archidose  (retrieved March 20, 2014)

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