Archive for the ‘9 utopian architectural projects’ Category
__SPACER__ Known worldwide for the setting of "The Village" in the 1967 British TV series, "The Prisoner" Portmeirion was an idealized town based on Mediterranean Italian villages such as Portofino. It has a style somewhere between a model village and a theme park and although kitsch in detail is unarguably an attractive, organic layout.
__SPACER__ The setting for the movie, The Truman Show, like Poertmeirion, Seaside, Florida, a planned community built by Robert S. David is either utopian or kitsch depending on your viewpoint. <p /><p />On the surface, it's perfect, but its too perfect and lacks history or grit while attempting to be both authentic and respectful of traditional architecture.
__SPACER__ 70 miles north of Phoenix, Arcosanti, named after the concept of arcology, a portmanteau of architecture and ecology is an attempt at an ecologically sound community founded in 1970 by the architect Paolo Soleri. Although only a handful of people live there there have been plans for a city of 5000 and at the very least it is an heroic failure.<p /><p />
__SPACER__ Fourier's idea was essentially a palatial commune where wings radiated outwards from a quiet center to noisier wings for workshops and children. Not quite by accident it is the same form as used for lunatic asylums of the period. Fourier though that women were more likely to be emancipated if they were freed from the chores of running a traditional house. Several of these phalanx based schemes were actually built in the US.