Binishells

14 12 2010

Environmental Utopian Architecture!

“This patented technology in based on the radical notion of replacing formwork and heavy machinery with air. The system, developed by Dr. Dante Bini in the 60’s uses low air pressure to lift and shape wet concrete and reinforcing steel. More than 1,600 buildings have been built using this system in 23 countries. The system has been recently improved, rendered more environmental and architecturally flexible. Today Binishells use 80% less materials, have 95% of the embodied CO2 and have a carbon footprint 80% smaller than traditional construction.”

Found at superforest.org.

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Utopian Studies, vol 20, no 2

19 08 2010

A publication of the Society for Utopian Studies, 2009.

Included in this volume are the following articles:

“Morris, Wilde, and Le Guin on Art, Work, and Utopia” by Laurence Davis

“Where Is Utopia in the Brain?” by Daniel S. Levine

“Unlikely Utopians: Solomon Schindler, Henry Mendes, and American Judaism in the 1890s” by Justin Nordstrom

“Coming Home: The Evolutionary Roots of Utopia” by Jon Wagner

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Utopian Studies, vol 20, no 1

19 08 2010

A publication of the Society for Utopian Studies, 2009.

Included in this volume are the following articles:

“Socioeconomic Utopianism in Spain at the End of the Nineteenth Century: La Nueva Utopía by Ricardo Mella” by José Luis Ramos-Gorostiza

“Homus Novus: The New Man as Allegory” by Natalia Skradol

“Embodied Anarchy in Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Dispossessed by Daniel P. Jaeckle

“Visions of Happiness: Daoist Utopias and Grotto Paradises in Early and Medieval Chinese Tales” by Sing-chen Lydia Chiang

“The Shaker ‘Gift’ Economy: Charisma, Aesthetic Practice and Utopian Communalism” by Janet Sarbanes

“When Science Fiction Writers Used Fictional Drugs: Rise and Fall of the Twentieth-Century Drug Dystopia” by John Hickman

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Cities of God: The Religion of the Italian Communes, 1125-1325

19 08 2010

Author: Augustine Thompson, O.P.

Publication Info: Penn State Press, 2005.

“Thompson positions the Italian republics in sacred space and time.He maps their religious geography as it was expressed throughpolitical and voluntary associations, ecclesiastical and civil structures,common ritual life, lay saints, and miracle-working shrines.He takes the reader through the rituals and celebrations of the communalyear, the people’s corporate and private experience ofGod, and the “liturgy” of death and remembrance.In the process he challenges a host of stereotypes about “orthodox” medieval religion, the Italian city-states, and the role of new religious movements in the world of Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas, and Dante.”

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Collective Dreams: Political Imagination and Community

19 08 2010

Author: Keally McBride

Publication Info: Penn State Press, 2005.

“How do we go about imagining different and better worlds for ourselves? Collective Dreams looks at ideals of community, frequently embraced as the basis for reform across the political spectrum, as the predominant form of political imagination in America today. Examining how these ideals circulate without having much real impact on social change provides an opportunity to explore the difficulties of practicing critical theory in a capitalist society.”
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Utopian Studies, vol 21, no 1

19 08 2010

A publication of the Society for Utopian Studies, 2010.

Included in this volume are the following articles:

“Preliminary Sketches for the Reappearance of HyBrazil” by Sean Lynch

“A Conversation at Sea” by Matt Packer and Sean Lynch

“Utopian Studies, Environmental Literature, and the Legacy of an Idea: Educating Desire in Miguel Abensour and Ursula K. Le Guin” by Christine Nadir

“Sinking ‘Like a Corpse’ or Living the ‘Soul’s Full Desire': Shaker Women in Fiction and History” by Richard M. Marshall

“Scottish Utopian Fiction and the Invocation of God” by Timothy C. Baker

“A Grenade With the Fuse Lit: William S. Burroughs and Retroactive Utopias in Cities of the Red Night” by Sean Grattan

“Michael Flürscheim: From the SIngle Tax to Currency Reform” by Lyman Tower Sargent

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Community Reading and Social Imagination

19 08 2010

Authors: Michael Bérubé, Hester Blum, Christopher Castiglia, and Julia Spicher Kasdorf

Publication Info: PMLA. 125.2. The Modern Language Association of America (March 2010): 418-425.

This article is written by four colleagues in the Penn State English department who believe that “reading is a powerful vehicle for community building, for democratic deliberation, and for imaginative reinvention of seeming inevitabilities”. The article discusses the value of community reading within this context.

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