Future City

Future City

Experiment and Utopia in Architecture

  1. Edited by Jane Alison
  2. Marie-Ange Brayer
  • ISBN 9780500286517
  • 24.00 x 18.70 cm
  • Paperback with flaps
  • 336pp
  • Illustrated in colour and black and white throughout
  • First published 2007

New territories of design and architecture in our cities

For millennia, architects and builders have attempted to rationalize cities into well-functioning and liveable places. While many aspects of a city evolve naturally, other facets result from human interventions and radical imagination. Future City celebrates the visionary urban schemes that have preoccupied architects trying to create a better world from the 1950s to the present.

This ambitious publication assembles several generations of utopian architecture in a single volume. With the city serving as the context and catalyst for the works, the book provides and indispensable resource for contemporary architectural and urban development and innovation in the third millennium.

• Features hundreds of seminal works by some sixty architects, ranging from the groundbreaking experiments of Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid, Peter Cook, Daniel Libeskind and Coop Himmelb(l)au, alongside a new generation of rising stars, including Asymptote, NOX, UN Studio and Greg Lynn.

Jane Alison is curator of the Barbican Art Gallery, London.
Marie-Ange Brayer is director of the Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain du Centre (FRAC) in Orléans, France.
Frédéric Migayrou is chief curator of the Architecture and Design Department at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.
Neil Spiller is professor of architecture and digital theory and Vice Dean of the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. He is the author of Visionary Architecture, also published by Thames & Hudson.