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Albert Pope

Inverse Utopia: Urbanism and the Great Acceleration looks at urbanism from the perspective of modernism and postmodernism, as well as at how commercialization has transformed the modern city. In his earlier book Ladders (1997), Albert Pope described the emergence of the cul-de-sac as a typical manifestation of this trend.

In this new book, Inverse Utopia, he argues for the development of architectural and urban forms that respond to contemporary ecological and social challenges. The title refers to a statement by the philosopher Günther Anders: "whereas utopians are unable to make the things they imagine, others are unable to imagine the things they make."

This book is a stand-alone volume but may be read as a sequel to Ladders.


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