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Topologies: The Urban Utopia in France, 1960-1970

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Amid the cultural and political ferment of 1960s France, a group of avant-garde architects, artists, writers, theorists, and critics known as "spatial urbanists" envisioned a series of urban utopias--phantom cities of a possible future. The utopian "spatial" city most often took the form of a massive grid or mesh suspended above the ground, all of its parts (and inhabitant ...more
Hardcover, 229 pages
Published July 13th 2007 by MIT Press (MA)
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Michael
Topologies is a very well written and researched book about a group of thinkers whose ideas I disagree with thoroughly. I'm finding that the more architectural theory I read, the more I come to appreciate the engineers who make physically possible such a collection of concepts so often wholly detached from reality.

My biggest issue with the spatial urbanists is their obsession with a one-sided view of linguistics: so much is made of the signifier, and so little to the signified. When reading dens
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