Utopias

What would you do if you could start a city from scratch? Claude Lewenz has dedicated his life to creating the perfect blueprint for a "VillageTown", combining the correct scale to create communities that care with a scale that makes economic sense for a fulfilling life. Managing Editor Tim Halbur talks with Lewenz about his vision (part 1 of 2). Exclusive
Nov 28, 2011  By Tim Halbur
Animator Roy Prol seems serious about his proposed "Clockwork City", which is made up of a series of concentric rings that keep the city always moving and supposedly making transit unnecessary.
Jul 18, 2011   The Architect's Newspaper
Utopian developments often fail. This post from <em>The Awl</em> ranks the best and most desirable of the failed utopias throughout history.
Jul 10, 2011   The Awl
This slideshow from <em>Design Observer</em> takes a look at New Deal-era utopian cities as they exist today.
Nov 25, 2010   Design Observer
A master-planned town in Quebec built by an American industrialist as a "workingman's utopia" is being touted as a potential UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Nov 19, 2010   The Globe and Mail
Salon interviews author J.C. Hallman about his new book "In Utopia," which explores modern-day utopian projects and how they differ from those of the past.
Aug 21, 2010   Salon.com
Victorian-style model towns from the age of Ebenezer Howard are seeing a revival in emerging urban areas, according to this piece from <em>The Guardian</em>.
Aug 17, 2010   The Guardian
Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa designed a utopian vision interweaving the city and nature. Three years after his death, his vision is complete. Rowan More of the Observer pays Astana, the new capital, a visit.
Aug 9, 2010   The Guardian U.K.
A gubernatorial candidate in California wants to take one of the Channel Islands (a national park) and make it a place to dump pedophiles, with their own separate society.
May 18, 2010   Curbed
The cruise ship Utopia will be a $1.1 billion dollar party boat that includes 200 homes for sale for $3.7 million and up. That is, if they can get enough buyers in a tough market.
Jan 12, 2010   Los Angeles Times
Citing the important role they tend to play in storylines, the <em>Architects' Journal</em> lists off the top 10 cities from comic books.
Jul 11, 2009   Architects' Journal