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Victorian Visions of Suburban Utopia: Abandoning Babylon

Nathaniel Robert Walker


The rise of suburbs and disinvestment from cities have been defining features of life in many countries over the course of the twentieth century, especially English-speaking ones. The separation of different aspects of life, such as living and working, and the diffusion of the population in far-flung garden homes have necessitated an enormous consumption of natural lands and the constant use of mechanized transportation. Why did we abandon our dense, complex urban places and seek to find “the best of the city and the country” in the flowery suburbs? A large missing piece in this story is found ... More

Keywords: suburb, utopia, architecture, city planning, science fiction, Robert Owen, Edward Bellamy, William Morris, Ebenezer Howard, H. G. Wells

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198861447
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198861447.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nathaniel Robert Walker, author
Assistant Professor of Architectural History, College of Charleston