By Smriti Srinivas
Exploring numerous utopian imaginaries and practices, a spot for Utopia ties diversified instances jointly from the early 20th century to the current, the biographical and the anthropological, the cultural and the conjunctional, South Asia, Europe, and North the US. It charts the valency of "utopia" for realizing designs for replacement, occluded, vernacular, or emergent urbanisms within the final hundred years. critical to the designs for utopia during this booklet are the subjects of gardens, childrens, religious topographies, dying, and desire.
From the vitalist city plans of the Scottish polymath Patrick Geddes in India to the Theosophical Society in Madras and the ways that it supplied a context for a singular South Indian backyard layout; from the visible, textual, and formality designs of Californian Vedanta from the Thirties to the current; to the spatial modifications linked to post-1990s highways and quick transit platforms in Bangalore which are shaping an rising �Indian New Age� of non secular and somatic self-styling, Srinivas tells the tale of contrapuntal histories, the contiguity of lives, and resonances among utopian worlds which are generative of designs for cultural choices and futures.�
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