The Architecture of Community

The Architecture of Community


By (author) Leon Krier, Foreword by Robert A. M. Stern, Afterword by James Howard Kunstler

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  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Format: Paperback | 346 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 251mm x 28mm | 1,066g
  • Publication date: 17 March 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Washington
  • ISBN 10: 1597265799
  • ISBN 13: 9781597265799
  • Illustrations note: extensively illustrated illustrations
  • Sales rank: 464,235

Product description

Leon Krier is one of the best-known - and most provocative - architects and urban theoreticians in the world. Until now, however, his ideas have circulated mostly among a professional audience of architects, city planners, and academics. In "The Architecture of Community", Krier has reconsidered and expanded writing from his 1998 book "Architecture: Choice or Fate". Here he refines and updates his thinking on the making of sustainable, humane, and attractive villages, towns, and cities. The book includes drawings, diagrams, and photographs of his built works, which have not been widely seen until now. With three new chapters, "The Architecture of Community" provides a contemporary road map for designing or completing today's fragmented communities. Illustrated throughout with Krier's original drawings, "The Architecture of Community" explains his theories on classical and vernacular urbanism and architecture, while providing practical design guidelines for creating livable towns. The book contains descriptions and images of the author's built and unbuilt projects, including the Krier House and Tower in Seaside, Florida, as well as the town of Poundbury in England. Commissioned by the Prince of Wales in 1988, Krier's design for "Poundbury in Dorset" has become a reference model for ecological planning and building that can meet contemporary needs.

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Author information

Leon Krier has taught architecture and urbanism at the Royal College of Arts in London, and in the United States at Princeton University, Yale University, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Virginia. He has worked extensively in Europe and North America and is currently consulting on projects in Guatemala, Romania, England, Belgium, Italy, France, and the United States. In 2003, he received the inaugural Richard Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture.

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"No architect has explored architecture's claim to universality better than Leon Krier, and it is this which makes him the most controversial figure of contemporary architectural culture." (Demetri Porphyrios)"