Architecture and Utopia: Design and Capitalist Development

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MIT Press, 1976 - Architecture - 184 pages

Architecture and Utopia leads the reader beyond architectural form into a broader understanding of the relation of architecture to society and the architect to the workforce and the marketplace.

Written from a neo-Marxist point of view by a prominent Italian architectural historian, Architecture and Utopia leads the reader beyond architectural form into a broader understanding of the relation of architecture to society and the architect to the workforce and the marketplace. It discusses the Garden Cities movement and the suburban developments it generated, the German-Russian architectural experiments of the 1920s, the place of the avant-garde in the plastic arts, and the uses and pitfalls of seismological approaches to architecture, and assesses the prospects of socialist alternatives.

 

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Contents

Naturalism and the City in the Century of the Enlightenment
1
Form as Regressive Utopia
41
Ideology and Utopia
50
The Dialectic of the AvantGarde
78
Radical Architecture and the City
104
Le Corbusier at Algiers
125
Semiology and Formalism
150
Problems in the Form of a Conclusion
170
List of Illustrations
183
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About the author (1976)

Manfredo Tafuri is the Director of the Department of History of Architecture at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura in Venice.

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