„The Future of Utopia“ is a publication about the future of idealism and how to work towards it. Since the first publication about Utopia through the english humanist Thomas More (1516), „Utopia“ has kept its original meaning. It is interesting to see how this concept is being lived in europe today and how the future of the concept of utopia looks like. In contrast to the complexity of current structures we are in need of new flexible dynamics and soft systems to embed true social innovation building up from our current capitalist state.
Therefore this publication will give an overview of how creatives and policy makers use future visions to see the present in perspective. The purpose of this study is a documentation of opinions, views and practical tools who together form a conclusion about what idealism can mean for (positive/ sustainable) contemporary development of living in a city.
The „Future of Utopia“ contains a body of interviews with designers, architects, city planners, artists, historians politicians and journalists aimed to inspire policy makers, practisioners and design schools to practice new ways of living and working together. This publication will show how they use their idealism in their work through building a foundation of change!
„The Future of Utopia“ started as a research project by teammember Bas Kools; he initiated the interviews and showcased the project interactive during the London designweek 2010. Expected publication dat, September 2012.
With contributions and interviews by
• Frans de Jong – Biologist and city community developer, Rotterdam, NL
• Theo de Bruijn – Professor in sustainability, Deventer, NL
• Iris schutten – Architect, Den Hague, NL
• David Barry – Creative director of cities and communities, London, UK
• Peter Bishop – LDA London development agency Group Director of Design, Development and Environment, London, UK
• Nuno Coulho – Design critic historian
• Jeremy Myerson – Director of the Helen Hamlyn research centre, RCA, London, UK
• Helen Carnac – Advocate for Slow Design, lecturer, artist, maker. London, UK
• Katherine Clarke – Artist and partner of muf Architecture/Art, London, UK
• Rupert Read -Environmental and political philosopher, Norridge, UK
• Hans Venhuizen – Culture-based planning office, Rotterdam, NL
• Hans Karssenberg – Stipo, City development agency, Amsterdam, NL
• Emiel Lamers – Architect, Budapest, NL
• Cesare Peeren – 2012 architects, Rotterdam, NL
• Andries Heidema – Mayor Deventer, NL
• Roy van Dalm – Journalist on creative economy and creative cities, NL