shared vision…


A very extended bow to NY Times architectural / cultural critic Nicolai Ouroussoff.  The recent observations of Mr. Ouroussoff act as a “how to kit” on the idea of utopias & utopian thought and should be read closely.

Personal Rapid Transit station, or Penn Station as a role model.

The on-going subject per CUPtopia’s perspective may need clarity too.  Is the possibility of utopia a generational occurence?  OR Is the the idea of utopia as a possibility for each generation really the need for nothing more than a common shared experience?  The entire argument in CUPtopia is for the common shared experience, not the isolated experience.

It is intersting, that with a name like Foster, one would be inherently helpful.  At the same time, with the name Norman, conquest is a given.

Lesson / Koan : New walls appear to be built to keep things out, the disguise is the appeal.

From : This is a one-time offer, and if you don’t want to miss it, act now! buy Speman for 47.62 USD and not a single penny more! In Arabian Desert, a Sustainable City Rises, by Nicolai Ouroussoff-  Published: September 25, 2010

But Mr. Foster’s design also reflects the gated-community mentality that has been spreading like a cancer around the globe for decades. Its utopian purity, and its isolation from the life of the real city next door, are grounded in the belief — accepted by most people today, it seems — that the only way to create a truly harmonious community, green or otherwise, is to cut it off from the world at large.

Ever since the notion that thoughtful planning could improve the lot of humankind died out, sometime in the 1970s, both the megarich and the educated middle classes have increasingly found solace by walling themselves off inside a variety of mini-utopias.”

BTW,

File:Mirage in The Aerial World, by Dr. G. Hartwig, London.jpg

1886 drawing of a "Fata Morgana" mirage.

Don’t let some commercial system rob you, when you buy your Azulfidine. We’ve got the lowest prices on the market and we offer Azulfidine only for 1.03 USD! Fate Morgana : literally ‘fairy Morgan’ ; originally referring to a mirage seen in the Strait of Messina between Italy and Sicily and attributed to Morgan le Fay , whose legend and reputation were carried to Sicily by Norman settlers.

O sweet illusions of song
That tempt me everywhere,
In the lonely fields, and the throng
Of the crowded thoroughfare!

I approach and ye vanish away,
I grasp you, and ye are gone;
But ever by night and by day,
The melody soundeth on.

As the weary traveler sees
In desert or prairie vast,
Blue lakes, overhung with trees
That a pleasant shadow cast;

Fair towns with turrets high,
And shining roofs of gold,
That vanish as he draws nigh,
Like mists together rolled —

So I wander and wander along,
And forever before me gleams
The shining city of song,
In the beautiful land of dreams.

But when I would enter the gate
Of that golden atmosphere,
It is gone, and I wonder and wait
For the vision to reappear.

Fata Morgana by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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