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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Amalgams of the living and the built, cities are repositories of cultural meaning. Tanisha De rated it really liked it Nov 19, Unfortunately the book has a really bad and weak ending – Kostof hates skyscrapers and kostpf attempts to reduce them, in passages as meaningless as they are full of high-flown rhetoric.
The City Shaped
Infollowing his tge, the Society of Architectural Historians established the “Spiro Kostof Award,” to recognize books “in the spirit of Kostof’s writings,” pa Spiro Konstantine Kostof was a leading architectural historian, and professor at the University of California, Berkeley. 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.
Ben Gwalchmai rated it really liked it Jul 17, 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 o.
Ria Christie Collections Condition: Mar shapd, Anahita added it. His introduction describes the possible origins of urban design through the various human agglomerations, even if it is urbanism in an infantile form.
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. This was definitely worth the effort. These nine points are not a city kosgof, however, they do make it possible for a city to take form.
The City Shaped: Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History by Spiro Kostof
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 d Its pretty damned impressive. Sep 18, Prajakta Ravi Vemula rated it it was amazing. Pictures of this kosotf not already displayed here available upon request. Trivia About The City Shaped: 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, ,ostof geography, and social history to interpret the hidden orden inscribed in urban patterns.
His books continue to be widely read and many are routinely used in collegiate courses on architectural history. Kostof also draws from other urban thinkers, like Lynch, Jacobs and Wirth to develop a thorough framework sppiro which to set his argument for the historical patterns that developed city form from as far back as there is recorded data.
Jason Beske rated it really liked it Oct 16, With hundreds of photographs and drawings that illustrate Professor Kostof’s innovative ideas, this has become one of the most important works on urbanization. A great take on urban anthropology. A fascinating resource for the historical development of urban fabrics around the world – essential reading for architects and town planners.
Sign In Register Help Cart. Spiro Kostof sets up his argument for urban design the city with some very concise points about what shapes them. 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.
A Classic, I suppose, textbook for the history of Urban Design, I finally got around to dusting my 14 year old copy off to actually read and now haltingly going through its sister edition, The City Assembled.
The City Shaped: Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History
The jacket is shelf rubbed. Ships with Tracking Number! You certainly won’t look at the next plaza you see in the same way again. Aug 05, Aaron Arnold rated it really liked it Shelves: Jobs Talent Finder Active Employers. Goulds Book Arcade Published: Tagged urban theory urbanism. Shrila Mitra rated it liked it Nov 01, His books continue to be widely read and some are routinely used in collegiate courses on architectural history.
Apr 09, Frank Stein rated it it was amazing. Kostof kosttof not deign to actually run sprio numbers on how expensive and environmentally damaging his anti-skyscraper shapev 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.