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Utopian Cities: Learning from the Ruins

Panel Discussion

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Sat 21 May 2016

Utopian Cities: Learning from the Ruins

Panel Discussion

Anderson 1 Insel_Utopia
Sat 21 May 2016,

Charles Burdett (University of Bristol), Alex Marsh (University of Bristol) and author Eugene Byrne consider examples of utopian planning from the past looking at time, the future and the conceptions of social architecture behind three disparate projects and explore how ideas of the modern had an impact on the imagination and collective practices of different groups.

Burdett discusses the implications of the utopian thinking that lay at the heart of Italian Fascism which sought to create a vast Mediterranean empire; Marsh examines the rise of local authority and New Town housing as a response to problems related to urbanisation, the delivery of good quality affordable accommodation, and the creation of sustainable settlements; and Byrne looks at some of the ideas for post-war Bristol after much of the central part of the city was destroyed in the Blitz.

Part of Creating Real Utopias in the 21st Century, a two-day festival in association with the University of Bristol’s Anticipation Research Group.

Illustration: depiction of the island of Utopia from Thomas More’s book (Wikimedia Commons).

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