Visionary architecture is a longstanding part of utopianism, a tangible expression of the utopian imagination. Anarchism is also an essential element in the pantheon of utopian thought and action, since by its nature utopianism, in imagining a better way to be and do, inherently criticizes and undermines the dominant social order. In his latest book Paul Dobraszczyk explores examples of what he calls building without authority, building in a new and often startling fashion, typically contravening established architectural conventions, even if not always skirting laws and zoning codes.

The book consists of some sixty well-illustrated case studies, most of them exemplifying what could be called varying styles of architectural and social dissent. The scope is worldwide; the largest numbers of featured structures and concepts are situated in Europe, but several are in North America, and a few are in South America, Asia, and north Africa. Most involve actual buildings or...

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