Utopias and Dystopias


In the aftermath of Thomas More’s 500th anniversary of ‘Utopia’, we challenge participants to reflect on the city and its future potential. Utopian and dystopian thinking marked the debate, criticism and reflection on the city throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries placing the city at the center of the realization of an idea of future, progress and social transformation. With this transformation, the future of the city began to assume a symbolic responsibility, representative in itself of the future of Humanity. The term ‘utopia’ was coined due to a collective process and is resurging as an instrument of questioning and / or a space of dialogue. Links are sought between existing societies, multiple narratives, real places and the desirability to find horizons while valuing the diversity and individuality of the various peoples, cultures, daily life and urban life forms. So, what is the importance of the real city, the imagined city and the ideal city in contemporary times, and what are the meanings we assign today to the terms ‘utopia’ and ‘dystopia’? We invite you to think about five main axes:



  • Utopias, Dystopias and Heterotopias: the existing city and the projected city
  • Utopias Realized: visions under construction
  • Imaginary cities: the city represented in the arts
  • Multiple cities: the city in the media and social networks
  • Virtual cities: from games to applications