pragmatic utopia

Posted on June 4, 2022Comments Off on pragmatic utopia

This is from a great piece from the latest archdaily – which takes us from early 20th century, modernists, futurists, and constructivists who saw themselves as innovative pioneers with a mission to create a new, and better civilization… to answering the question of “what will be the future of architecture?“, where architects are relying on the intelligence of materials, such as regenerative bio-concrete, carbon concrete, hydro-ceramics, and self-cleaning materials…

Pragmatic Utopia: How Reality Finally Caught Up with Fiction

Derived from the Greek word “ou-topos”, which means “no place” or “nowhere”, the term “utopia” was originally coined by Thomas More in 1516, in a book of the same name. A utopian society describes an idealistic civilization; a perfect place without any obstacles, differences, or inequalities that promotes the improvement of society and ensures that everyone has the exact same assets and values.

Since utopia emits the illusion of perfection, this concept has mostly been seen in science fiction movies and books. In architecture, it has been expressed through ideas of a self-sufficient, independent, cohesive projects, as there hasn’t been any clear physical characteristics or design elements that defined utopic designs. This lack of definition and restriction allowed architects to disregard consumer-driven projects and prioritize comfort over complying with structural guidelines, focusing on the social, economic, and political values of the urban fabric, and ensuring that the built environment is providing harmony within the community. Aesthetically, architects were inspired by abstract works of art and fictional movies, a style that stood against the cruelties and injustices of the world, and put an end to the wars waged between countries.

Pragmatic Utopia: How Reality Finally Caught Up with Fiction in BIG’s Latest Monograph | ArchDaily

For example:

Semaphore: an Ecological Utopia Proposed by Vincent Callebaut | ArchDaily

SOPREMA HEADQUARTERS – Vincent Callebaut Architectures

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