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October 30, 2018, 2pm PDT
Charles Wolfe calls attention to similarities between contemporary urbanism and yesterday's debunked utopias. The two may differ in substance, but both tend toward a certain level of dogma that isn't necessarily helpful on the ground.
Public Square: A CNU Journal
November 28, 2011, 9am PST

What would you do if you could start a city from scratch?

Tim Halbur
July 18, 2011, 10am PDT
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.
The Architect's Newspaper
July 10, 2011, 7am PDT
Utopian developments often fail. This post from <em>The Awl</em> ranks the best and most desirable of the failed utopias throughout history.
The Awl
November 25, 2010, 1pm PST
This slideshow from <em>Design Observer</em> takes a look at New Deal-era utopian cities as they exist today.
Design Observer
November 19, 2010, 12pm PST
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.
The Globe and Mail
August 21, 2010, 5am PDT
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.
August 17, 2010, 11am PDT
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>.
The Guardian
August 9, 2010, 12pm PDT
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.
The Guardian U.K.
May 18, 2010, 2pm PDT
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.
January 12, 2010, 10am PST
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.
Los Angeles Times
July 11, 2009, 7am PDT
Citing the important role they tend to play in storylines, the <em>Architects' Journal</em> lists off the top 10 cities from comic books.
Architects' Journal
February 7, 2009, 5am PST
This slideshow from <em>Treehugger</em> offers visions of the future of cities -- from decades ago and today.
September 15, 2008, 12pm PDT
A Chinese architecture team has proposed a futuristic star-shaped city of 15,000 that would visit cities around the world and change the stereotypes of Chinatowns.
July 23, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut has designed a floating city with the noble goal of housing displaced peoples who's homelands have been destroyed.</p>
The Daily Mail
July 3, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>A short video profile shows renewed interest in Arcosanti, the utopian community founded by architect Paolo Soleri. Could Soleri's 40 yr. old utopia be the wave of the sustainable future?</p>
NBC 12 News
May 30, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>At the World Science Festival in New York, visions of future cities mix the usual Blade Runner-esque architecture with abundant greenery.</p>
Blog post
May 14, 2007, 4pm PDT

In the short story The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas, Ursula LeGuin depicts a utopia that is made possible by the transference of all misery to a child who is kept in a cellar. Some in the community ignore the scapegoat’s existence, choosing the easy life of bliss that is offered to them. Those whose consciences do not allow them to live in willful ignorance often chose to leave Omelas and live complete, full lives that include awareness, and shouldering their own pain.

Lisa Feldstein