In Future Cities: Architecture and the Imagination, Paul Dobraszczyk argues that there is a lesson to be learned from architectural and urban imaginations—from the nineteenth century to the present—that could be repurposed to solve some of the pressing problems of our cities in the age of the Anthropocene. As we increasingly become aware of the “destructive impact of human activity on the planet” (12), imaginations could be instrumentalized to change current urban practices—or, rather, malpractices. Dobraszczyk asserts that this strategic use of imagination should be possible because the categories of “imaginary” and “real” are much more intertwined than we tend to think. He states: “The central aim...
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Book Review| June 01 2020
Review: Future Cities: Architecture and the Imagination, by Paul Dobraszczyk
Future Cities: Architecture and the Imagination
2019, 271 pp., 70 b/w illus. $25 (cloth), ISBN 9781789140644
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (2020) 79 (2): 232–233.
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Adnan Morshed; Review: Future Cities: Architecture and the Imagination, by Paul Dobraszczyk. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 June 2020; 79 (2): 232–233. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2020.79.2.232
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