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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However the kosstof empires rose and fell over time, their reasons are useful for the decisions to be made shaled our modern cities as urban designers. 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.

The City Shaped: Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History by Spiro Kostof

Paul Sas rated it really liked it Jun 16, My interests are in exploring the sustainability of urban environments. Spiro Konstantine Kostof was a leading architectural historian, and professor at the University of California, Berkeley. William Hsu rated it really liked it Feb 05, What Urban Design Can Be?


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. Sep 18, Prajakta Ravi Vemula rated it it was amazing. 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.

His books continue to be widely read and many are routinely used in collegiate courses on architectural history. His conclusion consists of nine points that make up his definition of a city. Refresh and try again. This rich theory set up in the introduction invites the shwped to expand their thinking of urban design beyond the limits of modern city form. JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser.

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Jasmine rated it liked it Jul 20, See 2 questions about The City Shaped…. Flipping through it again makes me realize how much I missed. This is quite different from the study of many other fields. With hundreds of kosyof 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.

Not that forms are completely neutral, but humans are thw 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.


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. It is possible however for a city to exist without any one of these points.

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Schools School Blogs Forum. This is an enthralling book, of vital interest to architects, planners and social historians. Published May 4th by Bulfinch first published October 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Extremely clear, very thought-provoking. Aug 30, Blair rated it it was amazing Shelves: Scott O’Dell rated it it was amazing Jan 02, What makes them think it will be effective?

This was definitely worth the effort. Brendan T rated it really liked it Jan 14, Photographs, historical views and specially commissioned drawings vividly depict a global mosaic of city building – the shaping of medieval Siena; the creation of New Delhi as the crown of the Kosyof, 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.

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