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UTOPIAN COMMUNITIES ARE RARELY AREAL-LIFE OPTION

LETTERS

Many thanks for the fantastic Building Study charting the history and resurrection of Isokon (AJ 30.03.06).

However, Isabel Allen is right when she states that the building was never suited to 'the drudgery of daily life'.

The key quote in the article describes an ageing Jack Pritchard 'hand-picking' tenants. This perfectly sums up the way in which the type of utopian communal living that was an integral feature of the early days of Isokon is so often unsustainable and incompatible with the demands of individualism.

Jason Joshua, by email

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