The Panel: Utopian ArchitectureBy
Image: Frank Lloyd Wright designed Fallingwater
Since the end of the 19th century people have struggled to build better cities, free of the slums and smoke that were part and parcel of the industrial revolution. Architects saw that the industrialised world was one of enormous possibilities with room for visionary ideas to escape the problems of the day, be it a shortage of housing, urban decay or pollution. Their utopian Modernist dreams imagined cities in the sky and housing towers set amongst green landscapes.
As part of RN’s theme week about perfect worlds, we’re revisiting several of those dreams for urban utopias as imagined by four visionary architects: Frank Lloyd Wright; Le Corbusier; Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin -- the husband–wife team behind Canberra -- as well as the town planner Ebenezer Howard, who created the garden city movement.
Professor Robert Fishman
Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan
Author, Urban Utopias in the Twentieth Century, MIT Press
Author, Grand Obsessions: The Life and Work of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, Penguin
ABC Radio National’s By Design is a program about how we shape our world - a vibrant show about people and the things that surround us.