Topologies: The Urban Utopia in France, 1960--1970 Hardcover – Jul 13 2007
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Busbea's superb synthesis of France's urban utopia in the 60's is the
first attempt to map out the entire era that made the future city a cultural
reality. Like a phantom limb, the topological model that it offers never quite
existed as such, but its presence can be felt all the more keenly that it extends
rhizomatically beyond the architectural avant-garde that has long claimed to embody
University, and Editor of Semiotext(e))
Larry Busbea offers the first detailed investigation of the extravagant
spatial schemes imagined during a fertile decade by a cluster of Paris-based
artists, engineers, and architects. Marginalized after the 1968 students' and
intellectuals' revolt because of their technocratic accents, these bold designs are
skillfully mapped in their ideologies, their ambitions, and their somewhat naïve
Institute of Fine Arts, New York University)
In our technology-driven present, the French urban utopias of the 1960s
come back to haunt us with uncanny poignancy. Larry Busbea's archaeological
excavation of the faded urban-architectural dreams of the cybernetic sublime, the
integrated spectacle, and the postindustrial spatial environment brilliantly
conjures with the ghost of a modernism that has reached the limit point of its faith
in total systems of design.
of American Architecture, Columbia University)
About the Author
Larry Busbea is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Arizona.