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Exit Utopia | Architectural Provocations 1956-76, 2005
2005

This topical examination of a key moment in modern architecture pointedly and critically evaluates the role of the neo-avant - garde in today's world. International in scope and exhaustive in detail, the book explores important exponents of "visionary" and "utopian" architecture in the closing juncture of the modernist era, coinciding with the cultural upheavals and social transformations of the 1960s and 1970s. By revisiting "New Babylon", the magnum opus of the Dutch painter Constant Nieuwenhuys, whose vision of a situationist urban environment made him one of the most influential artists of this time, this collection of essays re-examines decisive work by Yona Friedman, the Archigram group, the Italian Radicals Superstudio and Archizoom, Koolhaas/Zenghelis and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture and Leon Krier. In-depth essays and exhaustive project documentations trace the decline of avant-garde projects in architecture. The result is a significant work of architectural theory and history, which should interest anyone studying ideologies of the past and dreaming the cities of tomorrow.

    Author(s)

    Franziska Bollerey
    Martin van Schaik
    Betty Garrel
    Rem Koolhaas
    Yona Friedman
    Simon Sadler
    Priscilla Chapman
    Peter Cook
    Dennis Crompton
    Francoise Choay
    Sander Woertman
    Andrea Branzi
    Adolfo Natalini
    John Heintz
    Elia Zenghelis
    Lieven De Cauter
    Léon Krier
    Geert Bekeart
    Maurice Culot
    Simon Vinkenoog
    Madelon Vriesendorp

    Publisher

    Prestel Verlag • Munich • Berlin • London • New York

    ISBN

    3-7913-2973-1

    Language

    English

    Type

    Collection of in-depth essays and project documentation
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