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Future City

Experiment and Utopia in Architecture

Jane Alison, Marie-Ange Brayer, Frédéric Migayrou, Neil Spiller

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Showcases the most radical and experimental architecture to have emerged in the past 50 years


For millennia, architects and builders have attempted to rationalize cities into well-functioning and liveable places. While many aspects of a city evolve naturally, other facets result from human interventions and radical imagination. Future City celebrates the visionary urban schemes that have preoccupied architects trying to create a better world from the 1950s to the present.

This ambitious publication assembles several generations of utopian architecture in a single volume. With the city serving as the context and catalyst for the works, the book provides and indispensable resource for contemporary architectural and urban development and innovation in the third millennium.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 24.0 x 18.7 cm

Extent: 336 pp

Publication date: 22 January 2007

ISBN: 9780500286517

Contents List

Introduction by Jane Alison • The Spirit of Experimentation by Marie-Ange Brayer • Non-standard Orders: ‘nsa codes’ by Frédéric Migayrou • New Babylon • New Urban Habitat • Organic City • Inflatable City Megastructure • The Oblique City • The Metabolists • Radical Architecture in Italy • The Delirious Metropolis • Concept City Deconstruction • Machine Architecture • Urban Intervention Experimental Living • Non-standard architecture • Contemporary Process • Architects and Works

About the Author

Jane Alison is Head of Visual Arts at the Barbican, London.

Marie-Ange Brayer is director of the Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain du Centre (FRAC) in Orléans, France.

List of Contributors

Jane Alison, Frédéric Migayrou, Neil Spiller