The cover image of Nathaniel Coleman's Imagining and Making the World is a photo by Coleman of Carlo Scarpa's Castelvecchio Museum renovation in Verona. It shows the skillful layering of elements from different eras assembled by Scarpa and the bridge that connects the upper floors of two buildings from different periods. Such skillful connecting of disparate things is rare. Yet this is what Coleman and his contributors have set out to do: connect architecture and utopia.

Coleman himself seems to question this enterprise. In his introduction he writes, “If the likelihood of achieving a utopian moment in architecture that is sustainable through time and occupation appears … unpromising, what possible claim could any building outside of the confines of an intentional community (or fiction) possibly have on Utopia?” (15). There may be hope—“there might still be some way to rescue the proposition that architecture can be utopian even today,” but...

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