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Town Spaces: Traditional Composition in Urban Design Today

Hans Ibelings, Rob Krier, Philipp Meuser and Harald Bodenschatz

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 288

  • Publisher: Birkhauser

  • Date Published: Mar 2003

  • Stock Code: 32016

  • ISBN: 9783764375584

  • Binding: Hardback

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In response to the sense of crisis in many of today's towns, the proponents of new traditionalism offer a form of urban planning which looks back to more traditional styles whilst firmly integrating the requirements of modern life. Their designs are easily accessible and characterised by a sense of public spirit, identification and order.

The contributions in this book reveal how these principles relate to the specific European city in the 20th century as well as to the writings of theoreticians from Camillo Sitte up to Rem Koolhaas. The authors reveal why the provocatively conservative approach has enjoyed so much success in the avant garde Netherlands. They draw comparisons with the New Urbanism found in the USA and above all develop a systematic approach to town planning.

New towns, the rebuilding of town areas, the restructuring of city centres and the extension of towns and urban areas are investigated in the chapters on urban composition. All examples in this part are from the Krier Kohl office and demonstrate in detail the design process up to the realised buildings. In particular, the architectural realisation by a wide range of architects, including Michael Graves, Cesar Pelli and others, shows that new traditionalism in urban planning can fruitfully work together with a wide range of architectural approaches.

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About the Author

Hans Ibelings

Hans Ibelings is founder and editor-inchief of A10, an international periodical for New European Architecture. He is also specialised in writing monographs on (firms of ) architects.

Philipp Meuser

Philipp Meuser, born in Hilden / Germany (1969), architect and publisher. Studied architecture in Berlin and Zürich with a focus on history and theory. Construction and consulting projects in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Scientific research on mass housing in the Soviet Union as well as publications on socialist architecture.

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