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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No trivia or quizzes yet. Paperbackpages. Anyone interested in the built environment who hasn’t read it. 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.
This is my personal blog to express my thoughts and research on architecture and urban design bridging academic and practice. Account Options Sign in. His books continue to be widely read and many are routinely used in collegiate courses on architectural history. Take boulevards, which used to be primarily roads marking the boundary between city and country before they became synonymous with avenues: Mar 02, Anahita added it.
A great take on urban anthropology. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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Tanisha De rated it really liked it Nov 19, 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. Shrila Mitra rated it liked it Nov 01, 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.
Jason Beske rated it really liked it Oct 16, Urban Design Spiro Kostof sets up his argument for urban design the city with some very concise points about what shapes them. What makes them think it will be effective?
Brendan T rated it really liked it Jan 14, 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 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.
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. His conclusion consists of nine points that make up his definition of a city. This rich theory set up in the introduction invites the reader to expand their thinking of urban design beyond the limits of modern city form.
The City Shaped
Features News Events Competitions. Books by Spiro Kostof. Shail rated it it was amazing May 04, About Advertising Contact Newsletters Privacy. Published shapd 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.
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.
Spiro Kostof sets up his argument for urban design the city with some very concise points about what shapes them. The book seem to jump around and digress a bit, since it’s organized by urban form, but it’s no less interesting for it. Its pretty damned impressive. Apr 27, Margaret marked it as to-read Shelves: List of Contributors Richard Tobias.
Professor Kostof focuses on a number of themes – organic patterns, the grid, the city as diagram, the grand manner, Elena rated it really liked it Shaaped 12, On one hand I’m glad I read it all because its all worth reading, but its so dense and so convoluted that one’s eyes can glaze over the pages of obscure names of small cities and long-dead kings. Jasmine rated it liked it Jul 20, Refresh and try again. Trivia About The City Shaped: 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.