Title The City Shaped: Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History. Original Drawings by Richard Tobias.
Publisher Boston: Little, Brown and Company, A Bulfinch Press Book, (1991). First North American Edition.
Seller ID 251qs
Large square octavo, red cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, 352 pp. Fine (As New) in a Fine (As New) dust jacket. Illustrated. From dust jacket: ...This volume, by distinguished architectural historian Spiro Kostof, looks at the universal phenomenon of city making in a historical perspective, to consider how and why cities took the shape they did. Amalgams of the living and the built, cities are repositories of cultural meaning. Behind the arbitrary twist of a lane or the splendid eccentricity 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. 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, cultural geography, and social history to interpret the hidden orden inscribed in urban patterns. Hundreds of photographs, historical views, and specially commissioned drawings vividly depict a global mosaic of city building: the formation of Italy's medieval Siena, its organic pattern shaped by stron aesthetic choices; the creation of New Delhi as the crown of the British Raj; the remodeling of Moscow as the self-styled captial of world socialism; and the privatization of the skyline, as religious and civic symbols yield to the towers of corporate business...