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Collapsed Utopias


b/w print, 33" × 46"


Fall 2003

Ten of the most familiar utopian city grids—from humanistic plans, based on proportions of the human body, to Ebeneezer Howard’s Garden City, to Le Corbusier’s redesign of Paris—are stacked to create an almost infinite array of possible combinations. This poster speaks of the differences between top down and bottom up methods in urban planning. The ideal city is recontextualized as a component, rather than a singular concept. ‘Collapsed Utopias’ takes the position that, while few of these plans were ever realized in their totality (therefore remaining utopias), these ideas have remained in our collective cultural knowledges.



Collapsed Utopias, full view
Collapsed Utopias, full view

Collapsed Utopias, detail view
Collapsed Utopias, detail view


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