Review: The City Shaped: Urban Patterns and Meanings throughout History by Spiro Kostof; The City Assembled: The Elements of Urban Form throughout. Spanning the ages and the globe, Spiro Kostof explores the city as a “repository of cultural meaning” and an embodiment of the community it shelters. Widely. Spiro Kostof, “What is a City?” in The City Shaped: Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History (Boston, ): To conclude these introductory remarks.
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What urban design can do is react to what the inhabitants needs are, but it can also instinctively anticipate potential futures in urban form based of the actions and patterns recorded over time.
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These nine points are not a city make, however, they do make it possible for a city to take form. Kostof seeks to explain the evolution of urban design through sociological patterns of human settlements dating back to Maya and Mesopotamia. I need a free copy of this book? This was definitely worth the effort. This is an enthralling book, of vital interest to architects, planners and social historians. Apr 09, Frank Stein rated it it was amazing.
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You certainly won’t look thw the next plaza you see in the same way again. With hundreds of photographs and drawings that illustrate Professor Kostof’s innovative ideas, this has become one of the most important works on urbanization. This is my personal blog to express my thoughts and research on architecture and urban design bridging academic and practice.
Books by Spiro Kostof. Photographs, historical views and specially commissioned drawings vividly depict a global mosaic of citybuilding: Its pretty damned impressive. Dec 04, Michael rated it really liked it. With hundreds of photographs and drawings that illustrate Professor Kostof’s inno Spanning the ages and the globe, Spiro Kostof explores the city as a “repository of cultural meaning” and an embodiment of the community it shelters. Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History.
Vity a few heavily illustrated pages he’ll jump from the 8th century grid of Chinese capital Chang’an, and its monarchical and imperialistic tendencies, to the d Its pretty damned impressive.
Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Sep 18, Prajakta Ravi Vemula rated it it was amazing. As an example, the grid pattern has been both praised and criticized for seemingly contradictory things – it supposedly either constrains human behavior and forces them into lifeless, regimented order; or it’s an efficient, predictable substrate that encourages growth, simplifies transportation, and democratizes the cityscape. To ask other readers questions about The City Shapedplease sign yhe.
Spiro Konstantine Kostof was a leading architectural historian, and professor at the University of California, Berkeley. His books continue to be widely read and many are routinely used in collegiate courses on architectural history. Urban design is a study of the built environment that includes the relevant social and ahaped factors that occur over time. Shrila Mitra rated it liked it Nov 01, Trivia About The City Shaped: Add to Wish List.
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No trivia or quizzes yet. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Brendan T rated it really liked it Jan 14, Kostof does not deign to actually run any numbers on how expensive and environmentally damaging his anti-skyscraper stance is, but if you stop reading before that section or just stick to looking at its shaled you will have read a very interesting and comprehensive survey on an underappreciated topic. Urban Design Spiro Kostof sets up his argument for urban design the city with some very concise points about what shapes them.
So that issue permeates the book but, all in all, I highly recommend this for any urban design enthusiast. Take boulevards, which used to be primarily roads marking the boundary between city and country before they became synonymous with avenues: Amparo Leon rated it did not like it Jun 23, Tanisha De rated it really liked it Nov 19, You see repeatedly cities designed as market towns, military camps, defensive bastions, population overflow catchments, religious centers, administrative capitals, communes, ports, and all sorts of things trying to find their identity while being prodded from all directions, and the way that cities grow and change over time is really interesting to see, especially with all the neat illustrations.
He puts in a lot of confused ideological-aesthetic verbiage about how skyscrapers are symbols of the excesses of capitalism and how they destroy the character of cities.
Kostof describes the reasoning of different urban developments around the world, and what forces were primary to the resultant urban form. Published to overwhelming critical acclaim, this classic study of cities explains how and why cities — among the most enduring and remarkable of all human artefacts — took the shape they did. Refresh and try again.
I personally think that skyscrapers not only look really cool, shhaped are incredibly useful for allowing large numbers of people to get together and make livings without having to sprawl out in all directions.
Ben Gwalchmai rated it really liked it Jul 17, This is an enthralling book, of vital interest to architects, planners and social historians. Photographs, historical views and specially commissioned drawings vividly depict a global mosaic of city building – the shaping of medieval Siena; the creation of New Delhi as the crown of ,ostof Raj, the remodeling of Moscow as the self-styled capital of world socialism and the transformation of the skyline as religious and civic symbols yield to the towers of corporate business.