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Utopia(s) - Worlds and Frontiers of the Imaginary Proceedings of the 2nd International Multidisciplinary Congress, October 20-22, 2016, Lisbon, Portugal

    The idea of Utopia springs from a natural desire of transformation, of evolution pertaining to humankind and, therefore, one can find expressions of “utopian” desire in every civilization. Having to do explicitly with human condition, Utopia accompanies closely cultural evolution, almost as a symbiotic organism. Maintaining its roots deeply attached to ancient myths, utopian expression followed, and sometimes preceded cultural transformation.

    Through the next almost five hundred pages (virtually one for each year since Utopia was published) researchers in the fields of Architecture and Urbanism, Arts and Humanities present the results of their studies within the different areas of expertise under the umbrella of Utopia. Past, present, and future come together in one book. They do not offer their readers any golden key. Many questions will remain unanswered, as they should.

    The texts presented in Proportion Harmonies and Identities - UTOPIA(S) WORLDS AND FRONTIERS OF THE IMAGINARY were compiled with the intent to establish a platform for the presentation, interaction and dissemination of researches. It aims also to foster the awareness and discussion on the topics of Harmony and Proportion with a focus on different utopian visions and readings relevant to the arts, sciences and humanities and their importance and benefits for the community at large.

    PART I Utopia(s) – Worlds and Frontiers of the Imaginary

    Utopia: A world to be, through denegation and affirmation of collective consciousness
    A.A. do Nascimento

    The four modes of thinking framed by utopian discursivity. Or why we need Utopia
    F. Vieira

    Miguel Real’s O Ultimo Europeu 2284, or a utopian questioning of our individual and collective freedom
    A. Kalewska

    PART II Architecture—Urbanism—Design

    The utopia of paradise in architecture—gardens, countryside, and landscape in Roman and Renaissance villas
    I. Pires Fernandes

    Geometry of power: Ideal geometrical shapes in military Renaissance architecture of Ducato di Urbino and Venice Republic 1478–1593
    P. Bortot

    Harmony as a tangible utopia
    J.L. Morgado

    The perfect dwelling is any place in the heavens: Platonism, mathematics and music: On Kepler’s thoughts and the theory of architecture in the Renaissance
    C.G. Goncalves

    Architecture and built utopia. Icons and symbols in the rural landscape of J.N. Ledoux
    D. Chizzoniti, L. Cattani, M. Moscatelli & L. Preis

    Amplifying reality through quadratura: Contrappunto among corporeal and visual space
    J. Cabeleira

    The utopian moment: The language of positivism in modern architecture and urbanism
    M. Wilson

    Threshold and mediation devices in the domestic space approach
    B. Leite

    A utopia in the real city
    E. Kuchpil & A. Pimentel Dos Santos

    Utopia or a good place to live: Giszowiec “Garden City” in Upper Silesia
    M. Żmudzińska-Nowak

    From the garden city to the red village: Howard’s utopia as the ground for mass housing in Soviet Russia
    I. Seits

    Utopian visions in the Portuguese city: An interpretation of Planos Gerais de Urbanizaçao
    J.C. Dias

    Staging modernism: Case study homes and suburban subdivisions
    A. Novakov

    An appropriation experience of the empty space
    A. Soares Haidar & D. Getlinger

    “We dream of silence”: Adriano Olivetti and Luigi Cosenza in the Pozzuoli factory, Naples. Utopia and reality in the workspace
    R. Maddaluno

    Radical and utopic: The mega-structuralist formalization of house and city
    A.M. Feliciano & A. Santos Leite

    Viennese utopia—the expression of revolutionary architectural thought
    A. Serafin

    Lemons into lemonade: Materializing utopian planning in Providence, Rhode Island (RI)
    C. Balsas

    Utopia in Terra Brasilis: Lina Bo Bardi’s design for an ideal future
    M.D.A. Nascimento & E. de Almeida

    Small utopias. Influence of social factors on spatial development of ecological settlement structures
    A. Szewczenko

    Architectural imprints and performing the imaginary
    V. Žugić

    From Rotor to utopia? On Rotor, Fourier and the relation between architecture and utopia
    F. Deotto & M. Garcia

    Postmodern questions about Progetto e utopia
    J. Nunes

    House of utopia: An interface for creativity
    J. Silveira Dias

    Part III Arts

    Considerations on colour techniques in Italian Renaissance painting
    M.J. Durao

    Colour harmony: The ideality of pleasurableness
    S. Akbay Yenigul & M.J. Durao

    Colors with imagined memories
    D. Loucao

    Restoration of historic monuments as utopia: The bell tower(s) of Santa Maria de Belém church
    V. Mariz

    Worlds and real and imaginary borders: Mediation stages or creation as a will to shine
    A. Santos Guerreiro

    Expressionist utopia and dystopia (architecture, literature, film)
    H. Grzeszczuk-Brende

    Nothing but something else. Displaying social dystopia
    M. Germano Marques

    Notes on the drawing [sketch] as the architect’s imaginary
    A.R. Ortega & S. Weihermann

    Sources and references in the utopian work of Bartolomeu Cid dos Santos
    A. Canau

    Contemporary utopias in art and architecture: Searching for spiritual significance in the work of John Pawson and Anselm Kiefer
    S.F. Dias

    The ambiguity of micro-utopias
    G. Horvath

    Tirana: Colour and art on the way to utopia
    V. Conte

    Part IV Humanities

    The ideal city for Leonardo Bruni: An analysis of Laudatio florentinae urbis
    F. Magalhaes Pinto

    Creating settings: Thomas More and the imagination of places
    N. Crocoll

    Translating the “figures of sound” of More’s Utopia (book I) into Brazilian Portuguese
    A.C. Romano Ribeiro

    Sir Thomas More’s Utopia—glimpses of a presence in 16th century Portuguese chroniclers
    A. Paula Avelar

    Gil Vicente and Thomas More’s construction of a perfect community: “Frágua d’Amor” in the imagination of a new world
    M.L.G. da Cruz

    Gregorio Lopez: An alter(-)native image from a 16th century globalising world
    L.F.A. Nunes

    The City of the Sun: The specular reverse of the counter-reformation
    C.E. Berriel

    The feast of the family and the fragmentary aspect of the representation of socio-political structures in Bacon’s New Atlantis
    H. Moraes

    Utopia in early modern Portugal and Spain: The censorship of a nest of vipers
    H. Baudry

    The utopia of a healthy land: Leprosy reports in Portuguese colonial America
    A.C. de Carvalho Viotti

    A project of an ideal agriculture for Brazil in the 18th century
    M. da Silveira Pereira

    António Feliciano de Castilho: Towards an agricultural utopia
    C. Barreira

    Utopia and dystopia in Jorge Barbosa
    H. da Luz

    Thomas More and Fernando Pessoa: The aesthetics of utopia in The book of disquiet
    C. Souza

    Architectures of madness: Lovecraft’s R’lyeh as modernist dystopia
    J. Palinhos

    Hermann Hesse’s Das Glasperlenspiel: At the frontier of a modern utopia
    F. Ribeiro

    Tlön: Journey to a utopian civilisation
    A. Romanos

    Thinking against utopia: A comparison between Thomas More and Emil Cioran
    P. Vanini

    Island societies and architectural imagination: From Deleuze’s desert island to Plato’s Atlantis and More’s Utopia
    A. Myserli

    Eros and the struggle for reason: Our mind as the vehicle of the Universal Mind’s enfolding meaning
    M. Saridaki

    Utopia seen through the symbolic and through anthropotechnics
    J.C. Vasconcelos E Sa

    The utopian pact or there is no alternative
    S. Wrobel

    Carta del Carnaro—between utopia and politics
    D. Spinelli

    Sensate utopia—experiencing unreachable in the state spectacle of socialist Yugoslavia
    J. Mitrović & V. Perić

    Retaining and re-creating identity among Polish migrants in the United Kingdom
    R. Seredyn・ska-Abou Eid

    Exploring the realms of utopia: Science fiction and adventure in A red sun also rises and The giver
    I. Ramos

    In the Cyborg city: Utopias of connectivity, fictions of erasure
    T. Botelho


    Maria do Rosário Monteiro is Professor of comparative literature at the New University of Lisbon. She graduated in modern languages and Literatures in the University of Lisbon (1983), and completed a Master in comparative literary studies at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa in 1987 and a PhD in literary sciences, specialty of Comparative Literature, at Universidade Nova de Lisboa in 1997.
    Maria currently gives lectures on comparative culture and literature at graduate and postgraduate levels. She is a senior researcher at CHAM, the author of the first Portuguese academic book on Tolkien, editor of several books and author of several published essays on Utopia.

    Mário S. Ming Kong has a degree in architecture at the Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade de Lisboa (FAUTL) and a PhD in architecture in the field of drawing and visual communication at Escuela Superior Technical Architecture Barcelona - Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña (UPC-ETSAB). He taught at Lusophona University (ULHT) at the department of urban planning and at the Independent University at the department of architecture. In 2000 he was the coordinator of the first year of the course in Urban Planning ULHT.
    Mario is currently a PhD Professor at FAUTL, Lecturer in ESELx and Visiting Professor at the Master course in arts at ESBAL. He has participated in scientific research studies and consulting work for outside entities and contributed to several publications and training courses in order to disseminate the results of his research activities at national and international universities. His main research areas are: harmony and proportion in representation between West and East and its application to sustainable architecture, in particular by applying concepts of origami and Kirigami to materials such as paper and bamboo.