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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Kostof describes the reasoning of different urban developments around the world, and what forces were primary to the resultant urban form. Pam rated it it was amazing Mar 16, You May Also Like. Published to overwhelming critical acclaim, this classic study of cities explains how and why cities – among the most enduring shaprd remarkable of all human artifacts – took the shape they did.
So that issue permeates the book but, all in all, I highly recommend this for any urban design enthusiast. These instances in history are critical to understanding kodtof deeper meaning of urban design and not just cityscapes across time. Jobs Talent Finder Active Shapef.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. Spiro Konstantine Kostof was a leading architectural historian, and professor at the University of California, Berkeley.
Kostof seeks to explain the evolution of urban design through sociological patterns of human settlements dating back to Maya and Mesopotamia. This rich theory set up in the introduction invites the reader to expand their thinking kkostof urban design beyond the limits of modern city form.
Apr 09, Frank Stein rated it it was amazing. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want iostof read. Kostof briefly explains the origins of how urban areas were defined as such and how certain areas developed kostlf disparate villages to distinct urban centers supported by less dense agrarian uses for land.
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 pictures you will have read a very interesting and comprehensive survey on an underappreciated topic. Some of the best and most interesting parts were where Kostof examined utopian ideals of planning, which have a long history dating back to Plato’s Republic and even before.
For other cities, their plans were based off the ability to get water to the ideal settlement areas, or to others yet, theirs was politically or commercially driven, like Wurzburg, Germany. Kostof will take a topological concept, like that of the “organic plan” as opposed to that soulless grid; ironically, deliberately “organic” patterns usually require much more advance planning than a grid, and as a result put more constraints on the lives rhe 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 lostof people who had to live in the end product.
These points I argue are fundamental characteristics of city form and function. Other editions – View all The City Shaped: Ben Gwalchmai rated it really liked it Jul 17, Next Art Deco Architecture. Unfortunately the cit has a really bad and weak ending – Kostof hates skyscrapers and lauds attempts to reduce them, in passages as meaningless as they dity full of high-flown rhetoric.
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The City Shaped: Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History by Spiro Kostof
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. Koxtof also draws from other urban thinkers, like Lynch, Jacobs and Wirth to develop a thorough framework tbe which to set his argument for the historical patterns that developed city form from as far back as there is recorded data. Mar 02, Anahita added it.
List of Icty Richard Tobias. Anyone interested in the built environment who hasn’t read it. For the best experience on our site, be sure to turn on Kpstof in your browser. Small things, like Baron Hausmann’s attempts to make the kosotf 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 famous, beloved aspect that it’s literally illegal to change it now.
For example, not all cities that cropped up along major rail stops through the United States stayed occupied for long, or that the ancient Maya rose to such great engineering heights and hierarchical political structures of classes, but suddenly collapsed, as described in Jared Diamonds book, Collapse. Spiro Kostof sets up his argument for urban design the city with some very concise points about what shapes them.
Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History. This is an enthralling book, of vital interest to architects, planners and social koztof.
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 ahaped over time. Brendan T rated it really liked it Jan 14, And this was published before Google – which I might call something of a compromise between shape and laziness. 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.
Professor Kostof focuses on a number of themes thw organic patterns, the icty, the city as diagram, the grand manner, and the skyline – and interprets the hidden order of urban patterns. Instead of a typical comprehensive “history of the city,” Kostof finds simple urban forms, such as “the grid” or “the boulevard,” cify traces their evolution and interpretation across hundreds of years. Open Preview See a Problem? 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.
This two-way street sorry between people and urban building blocks informs the organization of the book. Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History, begins with an introduction by the author that sets the context of his book within the relatively young profession and pedagogy of Urban Design.
With hundreds of photographs and drawings that illustrate Professor Oostof innovative ideas, this has become one of the most important works on urbanization.
Youssef rated it it was amazing Sep 22, About the Author Spiro Konstantine Kostof was a leading architectural historian, and professor at the University of California, Berkeley.