Atlas of Utopias
“Utopia lies at the horizon. When I draw nearer by two steps, it retreats two steps. If I proceed ten steps forward, it swiftly slips ten steps ahead. No matter how far I go, I can never reach it. What, then, is the purpose of utopia? It is to cause us to advance.”
– Fernando Birri, quoted by Eduardo Galeano
The Atlas of Utopias showcases collective transformations that ensure access to basic rights: water, energy, housing and food.
The Atlas of Utopias gathers the finalists of the three editions of the Transformative Cities People Choice’s Award, which seeks to highlight cities and collectives working on solutions to ensure access to water, food, energy and housing.
The Atlas is by no means a comprehensive mapping of transformative practices, but a representative sample that is the result of a peer-review evaluation process by an interdisciplinary team of scholars, activist, policy makers and international NGO’s representatives.