This essay explores and recalls my relationship with Lyman Tower Sargent, an adviser and reader for my 1996 Master of Architecture thesis “A Plan for Wellington Until the Destruction” undertaken at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. The discussion is set against multiple backdrops: Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand (“between its horns the sea comes in eleven miles broad, and spreads itself into a great bay”), a place that I considered to be an ideal armature for a utopian construct; the “continent” (U.S.); the Jonestown agricultural commune, Guyana; and the work of artist Robert Mapplethorpe.

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