The ideal City

What is an ideal city and what does living in one mean? Two great books give us an idea: Thomas More’s “Utopia” (1516) and Tommaso Campanella’s “The city of the sun” (1602). In what sense should a town be ideal? In the mind of the authors a perfectly geometric plan would have made a community both morally and socially better. Harmony and order would have reigned supreme and these would have made men happy, honest and fair. So, do they really possess something out of the ordinary? Does their perfect geometry communicate a kind of magic? Come with us on journey of initiation, in search of the ideal world. We begin in Pienza transformed by pope Pius II who wanted Renaissance town-planning, and continue on to Palmanova with its perfectly geometrical star shaped plan, then move from the Herculean annex in Ferrara, to the ideal city of Sabbioneta. More recent examples are Crespi d’Adda (from the late 19th century) or Ivrea representing Olivetti’s entrepreneurial ideology. And last but not least we take you to witness Tomaso Buzzi’s creative architecture in La Scarzuola in the province of Terni.
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