Babel to Dubai: Urban Utopias
In urban planning, as elsewhere, the utopian ideal is more than an instinctive desire for a better world: it is also a source of progress. Even the wildest urban projects lend impetus to more efficient ways of living in one way or another... In the words of Lamartine: "Utopias are often simply premature truths." The following is an overview of cities whose bricks and mortar are the stuff of dreams, ideas and achievements.