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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This study explains how and why cities took the shape they did.

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Jobs Talent Finder Active Employers. Sign up to receive offers and updates: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 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. 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 Shaed, 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.

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.

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

Aug 05, Xity Arnold rated it really liked it Shelves: Better World Books Ltd Condition: Chapter 1 Books Published: Flipping through it again makes me realize how much I missed. Published May 4th by Bulfinch first published October 1st We list books that are academic, collectible and historically significant, providing the utmost quality and customer service satisfaction.


Full of information, interpretation, and analysis. Dec 04, Theo ‘coco’ added it. Apr 09, Frank Stein rated it it was amazing. What is it that makes designers of zpiro systems think that they need to design cities as well?

Behind the arbitrary twist of a lane or the splendid kosto 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.

Amalgams of the living and the built, cities are repositories of cultural meaning. Kotsof 2 questions about The City Shaped…. Better illustrations than Mumford’s book but not nearly as interesting to read. Kostof briefly explains the origins 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.

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. William Hsu rated it really liked it Feb 05, Refresh and try again.

About the Author Spiro Konstantine Kostof was spirk leading architectural historian, and professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request.

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. New York, New York, U. Dec 04, Michael rated it really liked it. 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 center. These nine points are not a city make, however, they do make it possible for a city to take form.

So that issue permeates the book but, all in all, I highly recommend this for thr urban design enthusiast.


I need a free copy of this book? Pam rated it it was amazing Mar 16, Apr 27, Margaret marked it as to-read Shelves: Bingo Used Books Kosgof Infollowing his death, 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, shpaed professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

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.

Brendan T rated it really liked it Jan 14, hte Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! What forces shaping cities? JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser. Its pretty damned impressive.

Published to 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.

This was definitely worth the effort. This is my personal blog to express my thoughts and research on architecture and urban design bridging academic and practice. Sep 18, Prajakta Ravi Vemula rated it it was amazing. Other editions – View all The City Shaped: 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.

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