Collage City

Collage City


By (author) Colin Rowe, By (author) Fred Koetter

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  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 210mm x 294mm x 16mm | 599g
  • Publication date: 15 March 1984
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass.
  • ISBN 10: 0262680424
  • ISBN 13: 9780262680424
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 227
  • Sales rank: 71,055

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This book is a critical reappraisal of contemporary theories of urban planning and design and of the role of the architect-planner in an urban context. The authors, rejecting the grand utopian visions of "total planning" and "total design," propose instead a "collage city" which can accommodate a whole range of utopias in miniature.

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Coming upon this book in rather a skeptical state of mind, I must say I found it intriguing, enlightening, brilliant, witty, and exasperating as it pursued its thesis with a species of grammatical acrobatics that I can only call arresting. This is a book about the ideologies of modern architecture, their philosophical origins, their manifestations, and the ways in which they are flawed. It is a book about architects who had and have conceptions about the ideal city, and it tries to reorient those conceptions from the utopia of a single vision to a more multivalent view of city form. -- Donald Appleyard APA Journal