Visionary architecture of utopian communities


  • Timothy Miller University of Kansas


Palabras clave:

visionary architecture, utopian communities, new religious movements


Abstract: Utopian communities have often built distinctive homes, temples, and other structures, in many cases reflecting the visionary perspectives of their founders and members.  Sometimes the visionary architecture of utopian communities leads to experimental construction methods; sometimes it leads to the erection of large symbolic statues and other monumental structures; sometimes it reflects a concern for preservation of the environment.  This heavily illustrated paper features examples of architecture, including landscape architecture, from several communities and religious movements of the past and present: Drop City, Damanhur, Findhorn, Tama-Re, Tamera, the Holy City of the Mandarom, Dancing Rabbit, Libre, New Harmony, Hancock Shaker Village, Yogaville, Kashi Ashram, Point Loma, the Temple of the People, Arcosanti, the Koreshan Unity, New Vrindaban, and several others.  It also includes illustrations of visionary architectural projects that were never built.

Biografía del autor/a

Timothy Miller, University of Kansas

Professor of Religious Studies,  University of Kansas, USA