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Utopic cities: theory and planning

 

by  Claudia LAMBERTI


Utopic cities: theory and planning

Designing a city has always been a program of the social and political relationships among men that will dwell it. The laws of the several rulers were turned into ideal cities, "carved in stone words", as Piero Pierotti said. Since ancient times, when cities were meant to be the living place of both gods and men, the architect's imagination and the commitment's purpose worked together to build new settlements. The word "utopia" was born in Greece, but it reached its climax within urban planning during Humanism and Renaissance: since Filarete's and Francesco di Giorgio Martini's projects, until  Thomas More's emblematic book and the writings of such philosophers as Tommaso Campanella, that was "the Age of ideal cities" ........................

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Claudia Lamberti. Born in Pisa in 1975, Claudia Lamberti graduated summa cum laude in History of Town Planning, with a thesis about "The Futurist city: from the historical avant-garde to the technological utopism of R.B. Fuller". Then she attended the School of Specialization in History of Arts at the University of Pisa, discussing summa cum laude the thesis "Theoretical texts of architecture in Vienna fin-de-siecle": the main chapter of this work was published in a journal of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. In 2008 Claudia Lamberti obtained her Ph.D. in History of Architecture with a thesis about "The City of the Expressionists, images and urban utopias in Germany 1910-1930", from which she wrote a book in 2010. She teached History of Cities and Town-Planning and History of Architecture in the University of Florence (Master "Sustainable Architecture in the Mediterranean Cities") and in the University of Pisa (Faculty of Humanities and Faculty of Engineering). She was a speaker at some conferences of Urban History, and she is a member of AISU (Associazione Italiana di Storia Urbana). She wrote many scientific papers published in national and international journals.

 

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