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By Smriti Srinivas

Exploring numerous utopian imaginaries and practices, a spot for Utopia ties various occasions jointly from the early 20th century to the current, the biographical and the anthropological, the cultural and the conjunctional, South Asia, Europe, and North the US. It charts the valency of "utopia" for knowing designs for replacement, occluded, vernacular, or emergent urbanisms within the final hundred years. vital to the designs for utopia during this e-book are the topics of gardens, youngsters, religious topographies, dying, and wish.

From the vitalist city plans of the Scottish polymath Patrick Geddes in India to the Theosophical Society in Madras and the ways that it supplied a context for a singular South Indian backyard layout; from the visible, textual, and formality designs of Californian Vedanta from the Thirties to the current; to the spatial variations linked to post-1990s highways and swift transit platforms in Bangalore which are shaping an rising �Indian New Age� of spiritual and somatic self-styling, Srinivas tells the tale of contrapuntal histories, the contiguity of lives, and resonances among utopian worlds which are generative of designs for cultural choices and futures.�

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