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Utopianists wanted

Danilo Palazzo

In his introductory essay for Topos, The International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design (no 107, 2019), dedicated to Utopia, Danilo Palazzo explains how utopias have not randomly appeared in human history. They actually emerged intentionally and in crucial moments to propagate alternate views – and narratives – of the problems suffered by societies in that particular time. The envisioned solutions were not necessarily immediately feasible or, if or when implemented, have brought the expected improvements to the existing conditions. In most of the cases, they have never been built or they tragically failed. Today, while most of the problems faced by the utopianists remain crucial in many parts of the world—such as: oppression by an authoritarian regime, religious and political persecution, the effects of the industrial revolution and local and regional environmental crises—new problems have emerged and reached global dimensions that are threatening the survival of the earth as a whole: above all, environmental destruction and climate change, rapid urbanization and rural depopulation, forced displacement and migration, and basic access to food, water, and medical care. The author tries to answer the following question: Can utopianism be an answer?