This subject will explore utopian architecture and planning projects based on political idealism, wishful thinking and the prospects of technology. What does technology contribute to the creation of a modern utopia? Is technology the key to a democratic society without poverty and class warfare? Is it a mechanism for the development of a totalitarian state? This subject will investigate the productive and critical dimensions of utopian thought, exploring the ways in which architecture performs as a vehicle for the implementation of political and social vision.
Intended learning outcomes
At the conclusion of this subject students will have:
A highly developed understanding of modern urban and architectural utopian vision, together with a high capacity for critique of them;
An understanding of how conceptual and theoretical thought is translated into built form;
A critical basis from which to interrogate and evaluate contemporary architecture.
Critical thinking and analytical ability.
Ability to comprehend architectural concepts and express them lucidly, orally and textually.