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. Kostof briefly explains the origins of how urban areas were defined as such and how certain areas developed from disparate villages to distinct urban centers supported by less dense agrarian uses for land. However the various empires rose and fell over time, their reasons are useful for the decisions to be made in our modern cities as urban designers.
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The City Shaped
Apr 09, Frank Stein rated it it was amazing. Photographs, historical views and specially commissioned drawings vividly depict a global mosaic of citybuilding: Want to Read saving….
It is possible spuro for a city to exist without any one of these points. Urban design is a study of the built environment that includes the relevant social and economic factors that occur over time.
Ben Gwalchmai rated it really liked it Jul 17, Not in any simple and easy to read chronological order, mind-you, but in a sort of inspired free association. Small things, like Baron Hausmann's attempts to make the facades of Parisian buildings consistent, as they are to this day, can be looked at as either heavy-handed government conformity projects or as as insightful bit of forethought that has given the city such a spro, beloved aspect that it's literally illegal to change it now.
The City Shaped: Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History
Paul Sas rated it really liked it Jun 16, Trivia About The City Shaped: Christopher Hillard rated it really liked it Oct 19, Unfortunately the book has a really bad and weak ending - Kostof hates skyscrapers and lauds attempts to reduce them, in passages as meaningless as they are full of high-flown rhetoric.
Kostof will take a topological concept, like that snaped the "organic plan" as opposed to that zhaped grid; ironically, deliberately "organic" patterns usually require spuro more advance planning than a grid, and as a result put more constraints on the lives of residentsdescribe its typical usage and variations throughout history, and enumerate examples of how different societies have used that idea, what it meant to them, and what the eventual effects were on the lives of the people who had to live in the end product.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. In a few heavily illustrated pages he'll jump from the shwped century grid of Chinese capital Chang'an, and its monarchical and imperialistic tendencies, to the d Its pretty damned impressive.
Bob Sitkowski rated it it was ok Apr 13, A fascinating resource for the historical development of urban fabrics around the world - essential reading for architects and town planners.
Flipping through it again makes me realize how much I missed. 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 o As a history of urban forms, The City Shaped is full of a lot of interesting insights into how and why various planners both public and private have chosen certain layouts for cities, and how human patterns of usage both are and aren't shaped cuty the forms those planners zhaped tried to choose for them.
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The City Shaped
These points I argue are fundamental characteristics of city form and function. What is it that makes designers of social systems spiroo that they need to design cities as well? Features News Events Competitions.
shape Not that forms are completely neutral, but humans are a lot more adaptable then any other animal, which is why our civic forms don't play the same role that the honeycomb does to the hive.
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.
Feb 15, kathryn added it Shelves: Architecture begins in two dimensions, and results in a three dimensional object, but urban design takes the kostfo and experiences from three dimensional space and introduces the fourth dimension, time.
The City Shaped: Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History - Spiro Kostof - Google Books
This was definitely worth the effort. These instances in history are critical to understanding the deeper meaning of urban shaepd and not just cityscapes across time. Dec 04, Michael rated it really liked it.
Published May 4th by Bulfinch first published October 1st Published to overwhelming critical acclaim, this classic study of cities explains how and why cities - among the most enduring and remarkable of all human artifacts - took the shape they did.
Spiro Kostof discusses these origins of urbanism from multiple influences; from the morphology of military necessity, political forces, sociological humanistic responses, religious reasons and infrastructure needs, of which, clean running water being the most critical to human settlement. Tanisha De rated it really liked it Nov 19, I personally think that skyscrapers not only look really cool, they are incredibly useful for allowing large numbers of people to get together and make livings without having to sprawl out in all directions.