The City Shaped: Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History

The City Shaped: Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History


By (author) Spiro Kostof, Illustrated by Richard Tobias

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  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 224mm x 250mm x 30mm | 1,361g
  • Publication date: 8 March 1999
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0500280991
  • ISBN 13: 9780500280997
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 352 illustrations, 39 in colour
  • Sales rank: 98,260

Product description

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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Table of contents

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