Utopian Ambition

Utopian Ambition


  • Author : Tiago Lameiras
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Release Date : 2016-07-27
  • Genre:
  • Pages : 382
  • ISBN 10 : 1534835296


Utopian Ambition Book Description :

This book is divided in three different parts: first, a national consolidation. This means that, as long as we keep turning our backs on each other and ignoring the fact we are all worthy of a dignified life as a dominant species, progress will never become achievable. Second, when everyone is able to live a life worthy of human conditions, there will come the time for Transhumanism to prevail. Most people do not realize we have been transhumanizing our bodies for decades. Third, we are already looking into outer space for the so-called exoplanets, similar to Earth in their atmospheric and geological composition, which makes it not so surprising that we may be looking at the home to someone else. Whether we will find humans or not depends entirely on the planets' history, but what if you were told you could find dinosaurs all over again, your mirrored image of the human being you are, or both? We were born late enough to see the turn of a new millennium and thus become the Children of Tomorrow.

Utopia  Limited

Utopia Limited


  • Author : Anahid Nersessian
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2015
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 273
  • ISBN 10 : 9780674434578


Utopia Limited Book Description :

What is utopia if not a perfect impossible world? Anahid Nersessian reveals the basic misunderstanding of that ideal. Applying the lessons of art to the rigors of life on an imperiled planet, she enlists the Romantics to redefine utopia as an investment in limitation—not a perfect world but one where we get less than we hoped but more than we had.

Utopia  Social Theory and the Future

Utopia Social Theory and the Future


  • Author : Keith Tester
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-02-17
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317002970


Utopia Social Theory and the Future Book Description :

In the light of globalization's failure provide the universal panacea expected by some of its more enthusiastic proponents, and the current status of neo-liberalism in Europe, a search has begun for alternative visions of the future; alternatives to the free market and to rampant capitalism. Indeed, although these alternatives may not be conceived of in terms of being a 'perfect order', there does appear to be a trend towards 'utopian thinking', as people - including scholars and intellectuals - search for inspiration and visions of better futures. If, as this search continues, it transpires that politics has little to offer, then what might social theory have to contribute to the imagination of these futures? Does social theory matter at all? What resources can it offer this project of rethinking the future? Without being tied to any single political platform, Utopia: Social Theory and the Future explores some of these questions, offering a timely and sustained attempt to make social theory relevant through explorations of its resources and possibilities for utopian imaginations. It is often claimed that utopian thought has no legitimate place whatsoever in sociological thinking, yet utopianism has remained part and parcel of social theory for centuries. As such, in addition to considering the role of social theory in the imagination of alternative futures, this volume reflects on how social theory may assist us in understanding and appreciating utopia or utopianism as a special topic of interest, a special subject matter, a special analytical focus or a special normative dimension of sociological thinking. Bringing together the latest work from a leading team of social theorists, this volume will be of interest to sociologists, social and political theorists, anthropologists and philosophers.

The Utopia of Film

The Utopia of Film


  • Author : Christopher Pavsek
  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release Date : 2013-01-29
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780231530811


The Utopia of Film Book Description :

The German filmmaker Alexander Kluge has long promoted cinema's relationship with the goals of human emancipation. Jean-Luc Godard and Filipino director Kidlat Tahimik also believe in cinema's ability to bring about what Theodor W. Adorno once called a "redeemed world." Situating the films of Godard, Tahimik, and Kluge within debates over social revolution, utopian ideals, and the unrealized potential of utopian thought and action, Christopher Pavsek showcases the strengths, weaknesses, and undeniable impact of their utopian visions on film's political evolution. He discusses Godard's Alphaville (1965) against Germany Year 90 Nine-Zero (1991) and JLG/JLG: Self-portrait in December (1994), and he conducts the first scholarly reading of Film Socialisme (2010). He considers Tahimik's virtually unknown masterpiece, I Am Furious Yellow (1981–1991), along with Perfumed Nightmare (1977) and Turumba (1983); and he constructs a dialogue between Kluge's Brutality in Stone (1961) and Yesterday Girl (1965) and his later The Assault of the Present on the Rest of Time (1985) and Fruits of Trust (2009).

The Autopoiesis of Architecture  Volume I

The Autopoiesis of Architecture Volume I


  • Author : Patrik Schumacher
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2011-04-20
  • Genre: Architecture
  • Pages : 478
  • ISBN 10 : 9781119990499


The Autopoiesis of Architecture Volume I Book Description :

Take a theoretical approach to architecture with The Autopoiesis of Architecture, which presents the topic as a discipline with its own unique logic. Architecture's conception of itself is addressed as well as its development within wider contemporary society. Author Patrik Schumacher offers innovative treatment that enriches architectural theory with a coordinated arsenal of concepts facilitating both detailed analysis and insightful comparisons with other domains, such as art, science and politics. He explores how the various modes of communication comprising architecture depend upon each other, combine, and form a unique subsystem of society that co-evolves with other important autopoietic subsystems like art, science, politics and the economy. The first of two volumes that together present a comprehensive account of architecture's autopoiesis, this book elaborates the theory of architecture?s autopoeisis in 8 parts, 50 sections and 200 chapters. Each of the 50 sections poses a thesis drawing a central message from the insights articulated within the respective section. The 200 chapters are gathering and sorting the accumulated intelligence of the discipline according to the new conceptual framework adopted, in order to catalyze and elaborate the new formulations and insights that are then encapsulated in the theses. However, while the theoretical work in the text of the chapters relies on the rigorous build up of a new theoretical language, the theses are written in ordinary language ? with the theoretical concepts placed in brackets. The full list of the 50 theses affords a convenient summary printed as appendix at the end of the book. The second volume completes the analysis of the discourse and further proposes a new agenda for contemporary architecture in response to the challenges and opportunities that confront architectural design within the context of current societal and technological developments.

Inventing the Future
Score: 4.5
From 4 Ratings

Inventing the Future


  • Author : Nick Srnicek
  • Publisher : Verso Books
  • Release Date : 2015-11-17
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781784780982


Inventing the Future Book Description :

A major new manifesto for a high-tech future free from work Neoliberalism isn’t working. Austerity is forcing millions into poverty and many more into precarious work, while the left remains trapped in stagnant political practices that offer no respite. Inventing the Future is a bold new manifesto for life after capitalism. Against the confused understanding of our high-tech world by both the right and the left, this book claims that the emancipatory and future-oriented possibilities of our society can be reclaimed. Instead of running from a complex future, Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams demand a postcapitaiist economy capable of advancing standards, liberating humanity from work and developing technologies that expand our freedoms. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Thinking Architecturally
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Thinking Architecturally


  • Author : Paul Righini
  • Publisher : Juta and Company Ltd
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Genre: Architecture
  • Pages : 326
  • ISBN 10 : 1919713298


Thinking Architecturally Book Description :

Through a critical study of issues such as order, form, space, style, place-making, aesthetics, and architectural theory, students are encouraged to think about their own creative ideas. The use of analytical reasoning, lateral thinking, drawing and modelling is emphasised.

Living Without Domination

Living Without Domination


  • Author : Samuel Clark
  • Publisher : Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • Release Date : 2012-10-01
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 182
  • ISBN 10 : 9781409485193


Living Without Domination Book Description :

Living Without Domination defends the bold claim that humans can organise themselves to live peacefully and prosperously together in an anarchist utopia. Clark refutes errors about what anarchism is, about utopianism, and about human sociability and its history. He then develops an analysis of natural human social activity which places anarchy in the real landscape of sociability, along with more familiar possibilities including states and slavery. The book is distinctive in bringing the rigour of analytic political philosophy to anarchism, which is all too often dismissed out of hand or skated over in popular history.

A Brighter Morn
Score: 4
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A Brighter Morn


  • Author : Darby Lewes
  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Release Date : 2003
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 182
  • ISBN 10 : 0739104721


A Brighter Morn Book Description :

Examines Shelley's unique utopian vision as a product of the tumultuous eighteenth century that uniquely blended the personal, poetic, and political realms.

Utopian Adventure  The Corviale Void

Utopian Adventure The Corviale Void


  • Author : Dr Victoria Watson
  • Publisher : Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • Release Date : 2013-06-28
  • Genre: Architecture
  • Pages : 136
  • ISBN 10 : 9781409482772


Utopian Adventure The Corviale Void Book Description :

This book is about contemporary issues in architecture and urbanism, taking the form of a project for The Corviale Void, a one kilometre long strip of urban space, immured in the notorious Corviale housing development in the Southwestern sector of Rome. Corviale is a bizarre object, single-minded in its idea, the history of Corviale can be traced to debates in Italian architecture culture of the 1960’s, including Aldo Rossi’s objection to urbanisation, as articulated in his books and projects. On the one hand the project for the Corviale Void begins with one of the original theorists of modern urbanisation and architecture, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, looking into his fascination with the insides of walls. On the other hand the project begins with a new material form, The Air Grid. Like the forms appearing in Piranesi’s etchings, Air Grid is made from a kind of hatching, but Air Grid is hatched out of colour vectors, literally drawn into the air. The human eye is easily mesmerised by the Air Grid, scanning back and forth it reads the colour form as animated, in some sense alive. At the same time as the Italian architects were engaged in those activities that would eventually give birth to the Corviale Void, the painter Yves Klein, was creating The Architecture of the Air. Klein’s work is of special interest to the project of the Corviale Void because of the important role of colour in the development of his thinking about architecture. By attending to Klein’s parallel inquiry Air Grid is brought into dialogue with the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer, who was one of the first thinkers to develop a physiological theory of colour. The important thing about Schopenhauer’s thinking is the careful way he looked at physiological phenomena, regarding them as directly informed by metaphysical powers; for Schopenhauer Architecture too is a physiological matter and hence metaphysical. The concluding proposal for the Corviale Void presents a metaphysical architect