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Reading Summary Spiro Kostof’s book, The City Shaped: Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History, begins with an introduction by the. 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.

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Hardback in near fine condition with fine dust jacket. In a series of discussions of organic patterns, the grid, the city as diagram, the grand manner, and the skyline, Professor Kostof fuses the disciplines of architecture, cultural geography, and siro history to interpret the hidden orden inscribed in urban patterns.

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What makes Biblio different? Great condition for a used book! Kostof will take a topological concept, like that xpiro 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 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.

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.

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A great take on urban anthropology. 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. Kostof describes the reasoning of different urban developments around the world, and what shapev were primary to the resultant urban form. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


The City Shaped: Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History

Architecture begins in two dimensions, and results in a three dimensional object, but urban design takes the perceptions and experiences from three dimensional space and introduces the fourth dimension, time.

Kostof also draws from other urban thinkers, like Lynch, Jacobs and Wirth to develop a thorough framework in which to set his argument for the historical patterns that developed city form from as far back as there is recorded data. Youssef rated it it was amazing Sep 22, Professor Kostof focuses on a number of themes – organic patterns, the grid, the city as diagram, the grand manner, and the skyline – and interprets the hidden order of urban patterns.

These nine points are not a city make, however, they do make it possible for a city to take form. Kostof sbaped explains the s;iro 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. Instead of a typical comprehensive “history of the city,” Kostof finds simple urban forms, such as “the grid” or “the boulevard,” and traces their evolution and interpretation across hundreds of years.

This is an enthralling book, of vital interest to architects, planners and social historians.

Sep 18, Prajakta Ravi Vemula rated it it was amazing. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Aug 05, Aaron Arnold rated it really liked it Shelves: Want to Read saving….

We can ship from the USA and Canada. Internally clean and tightly bound. His thee consists of nine points that make up his definition of a city. Spiro Konstantine Kostof was a leading architectural historian, and professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

For the ancient Maya, the civic center was arranged with strict adherence to the fundamental religious and palace structures, to the degree of which the sun, moon and stars were crucial to the orientation of the temples and courts. He drew an interesting parallel between plans intended for surveillance, like Jeremy Bentham’s famous Panopticon, and the radial plans of settlements where where power was designed to be at the kostor.


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Anyone interested in the built environment who hasn’t read it. Behind the arbitrary twist of a lane or the splendid eccentricity of a new skyscraper on the skyline lies a history of previous urban tenure, a heritage of long-established social conventions, a string of often bitter compromises between individual rights and the public will.

In 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 democratic Jeffersonian land survey of the US, to the extensions of medieval garrison towns in France. Paperbackpages. Paul Sas rated it really liked it Jun 16, Kostof’s appreciation for the allocation of space and the cultural repercussions therein are well worth wading through the reference-like presentation.

Kostof has a dizzying array of examples of how seemingly similar thf can result in very different cityscapes, in the same culture and even in the same city. Published to overwhelming critical acclaim, this classic study of cities explains how and whaped cities — among the most enduring and remarkable of all human artefacts — took the shape they did. What is it that makes designers of social systems think that they need to design cities as well? A Classic, I suppose, textbook for the history of Urban Design, I finally got around to kotsof my 14 year old copy off to actually read and now haltingly going through its sister edition, The City Assembled.

Controcorrente Group srl BibliotecadiBabele Published: Soft covers, some fading to upper cover, minor crease to rear cover, otherwise a very good copy. Jobs Talent Finder Active Employers.