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Utopia Toolbox

On April 25, 2016, the Stamps School celebrated the release of the US edition of Utopia Toolbox .1: An Incitement to Radical Creativity

A collaboration between Juliane Stiegele and Stamps Professor Nick Tobier, Utopia Toolbox is a cross between a how-to manual and a theoretical framework that invites artists, designers, planners, architects, and cultural producers to consider their actions in context.


The book collects texts, images, conversations, citations, and do-it-yourself actions from different fields of inquiry including the arts, science, economy, education, philosophy, spirituality, politics, and society. These wide-ranging contributions offer unexpected and fresh impulses, directions, estimations, suggestions, and approaches to serve as a catalyst for creativity, encouraging new and unknown combinations of thinking. The book also contains a number of empty pages for readers to sketch their own ideas and thinking processes.

Published by the Stamps School and distributed by University of Michigan Press, Utopia Toolbox includes contributions from a wide array of creative thinkers, including Stamps faculty and staff Irina Aristarkhova, Roland Graf, Sadashi Inuzuka, Osman Khan, Charlie Michaels, Rebekah Modrak, Anne Mondro, Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo, Janie Paul, Stephanie Rowden, Allen Samuels, and Nick Tobier, and alumni Mary Ayling, Michael Borowski, and Dylan Box.

Learn more about the Utopia Toolbox project and purchase your copy of Utopia Toolbox: An incitement to radical creativity here.