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CITY OF REFUGE: SEPARATISTS AND UTOPIAN TOWN PLANNING. Michael J. Lewis. Princeton University Press, 2017. 256 pp. with 150 ills. (75 col.). 22 x 17 cm. ISBN 9780691171814 In English.
Due date: January 2017. Publisher's description: The vision of Utopia obsessed the nineteenth-century mind, shaping art, literature, and especially town planning. In City of Refuge, Michael Lewis takes readers across centuries and continents to show how Utopian town planning produced a distinctive type of settlement characterized by its square plan, collective ownership of properties, and communal dormitories. Some of these settlements were sanctuaries from religious persecution, like those of the German Rappites, French Huguenots, and American Shakers, while others were sanctuaries from the Industrial Revolution, like those imagined by Charles Fourier, Robert Owen, and other Utopian visionaries. Because of their differences in ideology and theology, these settlements have traditionally been viewed separately, but Lewis shows how they are part of a continuous intellectual tradition that stretches from the early Protestant Reformation into modern times. Through close readings of architectural plans and archival documents, many previously unpublished, he shows the network of connections between these seemingly disparate Utopian settlements -- including even such well-known town plans as those of New Haven and Philadelphia.
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Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 174667
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