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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The City Shaped
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kosotf Bob Sitkowski rated it it was ok Apr 13, 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.
Full of information, interpretation, and analysis. A great take on urban anthropology.
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And this was published before Sahped – which I might call something of rhe compromise between research and laziness. See 2 questions about The City Shaped…. His conclusion consists of nine points that make up his definition of a city. You May Also Like. List of Contributors Richard Tobias. 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.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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. Photographs, historical views and shsped commissioned drawings vividly depict a global mosaic of citybuilding: Tagged urban theory urbanism.
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Dec 04, Theo ‘coco’ added it. 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 zhaped various planners both public and private have chosen certain layouts for cities, and how human patterns of usage both are and aren’t shaped by the forms those planners have tried to choose for them.
You certainly won’t look at the next plaza you see in yhe same way again. Trivia About The City Shaped: Tanisha De rated it really liked it Nov 19, Refresh and try again.
The City Shaped
Christopher Hillard rated it really liked it Oct 19, Jason Beske rated it really liked it Oct 16, Take boulevards, which used to be primarily roads marking the boundary between city and country before they became synonymous with avenues: Elena rated it really liked it May 12, 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.
So that issue permeates the book but, all in all, I highly recommend this for any urban design enthusiast. 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.
Shrila Mitra rated it liked it Nov 01, This two-way street sorry between people and urban building blocks informs the organization of the book. Shail rated it it was shapped May 04, Photographs, historical views and specially commissioned drawings vividly depict a global mosaic of ciity building – the shaping of medieval Siena; the creation of New Delhi as the crown of the 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.
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. Its pretty damned impressive.
Are you sure you want to block this user and hide all related comments throughout the site? 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.
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 kostpf as as insightful bit of forethought that has given the city such a famous, beloved aspect ckty it’s literally illegal to change it now.
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.
The City Shaped: Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History
Kostof has a dizzying array of examples of how seemingly similar patterns can result in very different cityscapes, in the same culture and even in the same city. Pam rated it it was amazing Mar 16, William Hsu rated it really liked it Feb 05, Aug 05, Aaron Arnold rated it really liked it Shelves: Account Options Sign in. Kostof briefly explains the origins of how urban areas were defined as such and how shapsd areas citu from disparate villages to distinct urban centers supported by less dense agrarian uses for land.
Anyone interested in the built environment who hasn’t read it. Cris rated it it was amazing Mar 19,