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Practicing UtopiaAn Intellectual History of the New Town Movement$
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Rosemary Wakeman

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226346038

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226346175.001.0001

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Towns of Tomorrow

Towns of Tomorrow

(p.202) Five Towns of Tomorrow
Practicing Utopia

Rosemary Wakeman

University of Chicago Press

Chapter Five looks at four new towns of tomorrow in the 1960s and the application of systems logic in Britain, France, India, and the United States. It concentrates on comprehensive land use planning and the new town as utopian dream and techno-scientific object. The new towns of Milton Keynes, Cergy-Pontoise, New Bombay, and Columbia in Maryland were imagined as nodes in a cybernetic web of information and communication flows. The four examples reveal the currents of international knowledge that produced new towns and how they were filtered through local circumstance. Each developed its own unique brand of utopia.

Keywords:   James Rouse, Paul Delouvrier, Charles Correa, Richard Llewelyn-Davies, Derek Walker, population bomb, Buchanan Report, Helmut Jacoby, Pierre Merlin, new communities

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