The City Shaped

The City Shaped : Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History

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Cities are among the most enduring and remarkable of human artefacts. This study explains how and why cities took the shape they did. 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 of urban patterns. Photographs, historical views and specially commissioned drawings depict a global mosaic of citybuilding: the shaping of medieval Siena; the creation of New Delhi as the crown of the Raj; the remodelling 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 224 x 250 x 30mm | 1,360.79g
  • Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 352 illustrations, 39 in colour
  • 0500280991
  • 9780500280997
  • 100,520

Table of contents

Organic patterns; the grid; the city as diagram; the grand manner; the urban skyline.

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