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The architect, planner, and landowner Clough Williams-Ellis dedicated his estate to an experiment in “propaganda for architecture.” How did it become best known as the cutest of all the fictional dystopias?

Illustration by Shira Inbar

“Few things seem to be impossible if you are rich enough,” wrote the British architect Clough Williams-Ellis in his 1971 autobiography Architect Errant. In one of the longest architectural careers of the twentieth century — from 1903 until his death in 1978 — Williams-Ellis didn’t participate in any of the great debates over modern architecture and city […]