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Dissatisfied with the world we live in, we have been longing since time immemorial for two opposing topoi: the peaceful garden -- a carefree paradise -- the New City -- a harmonious community. Utopia has long been sought after by urban architects since the time of Thomas More. Other fictional cities followed, some of which were brought to fruition such as Brasilia and Palmanova. Yet these cities too have turned out to be imperfect, deeply rooted in their own period. For the author, all these places, though only fictitious, have long since been built and he strolls through them in company with the architects, planners, writers and philosophers, just as Thomas More and many others once led us through their cities.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9783930698264
ISBN-10: 3930698269
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 285mm x 30mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Edition Axel Menges
Publisher: Edition Axel Menges
Publish Date: 28-Jul-2006
Country of Publication: Germany

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Author Biography - Gunther Feuerstein

Gunther Feurstein who was a professor at Hochschule fur Gestaltung in Linz and also a lecturer at the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste and at the Technische Universitat in Vienna until his retirement, must be considered the catalyst in the Viennese post-war architectural scene as almost all architectural avant-garde groups of the town have comer from his circle.

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