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The Panel: Utopian architecture by Fenella Kernebone with Professor Robert Fishman

In aesthetics, architecture, art, audio, Australia & Oceania, culture, Europe, history, interview, nature, North America, philosophy on October 2, 2012 at 07:07

From: The Panel: Utopian architecture by Fenella Kernebone with Professor Robert Fishman, By Design, ABC Radio National, http://www.abc.net.au

Since the end of the 19th century people have struggled to build better cities, free of the slums and smoke that were part and parcel of the industrial revolution. Architects saw that the industrialised world was one of enormous possibilities with room for visionary ideas to escape the problems of the day, be it a shortage of housing, urban decay or pollution. Their utopian Modernist dreams imagined cities in the sky and housing towers set amongst green landscapes.

As part of RN’s theme week about perfect worlds, we’re revisiting several of those dreams for urban utopias as imagined by four visionary architects: Frank Lloyd Wright; Le Corbusier; Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin — the husband–wife team behind Canberra — as well as the town planner Ebenezer Howard, who created the garden city movement.

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Reposted with permission from: ABC Radio National

 

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