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5.0 out of 5 stars Cities with Collective Memories
Aldo Rossi was a major contributor to architecture and architectural theory. This book contains some of his thoughts about city design. He is concerned with typologies, that he argues persist throughout the ages as part of a 'collective memory'. He discusses the Courtyard Type, The Aldephi District in London, the Amphitheater, amongst many others.
Rossi made it...
Published on 7 Jan 2011 by Iain jackson

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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing read
Over witten, all 179 pages should probably be condensed down to about 60 which would then we worth reading. The language is sometimes inaccessible and the writing style bizarre, for example, paragraph one: Tell you 'something', paragraph two: Tell you why this 'something' isn't useful, paragraph 3: reiterate the 'something' from paragraph 1. Had high hope for this book in...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cities with Collective Memories, 7 Jan 2011
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This review is from: The Architecture of the City (Oppositions Books) (Paperback)
Aldo Rossi was a major contributor to architecture and architectural theory. This book contains some of his thoughts about city design. He is concerned with typologies, that he argues persist throughout the ages as part of a 'collective memory'. He discusses the Courtyard Type, The Aldephi District in London, the Amphitheater, amongst many others.
Rossi made it acceptable for architects to enjoy, take inspiration and learn from historical precedent again, after it was chucked out and declared invalid by Modernists.
The book contains lots of plans, drawings, engravings and paintings that convey Rossi's arguments - in fact they form image essays in their own right. The book suitably presented in bright orange in a square format. It is a delight to have it upon my book shelves and I recommed it to geographers, planners, critical thinkers, architects and those concerned with the history of our built environment.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing read, 22 Sep 2013
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This review is from: The Architecture of the City (Oppositions Books) (Paperback)
Over witten, all 179 pages should probably be condensed down to about 60 which would then we worth reading. The language is sometimes inaccessible and the writing style bizarre, for example, paragraph one: Tell you 'something', paragraph two: Tell you why this 'something' isn't useful, paragraph 3: reiterate the 'something' from paragraph 1. Had high hope for this book in writing a thesis on the importance of history in urban planning and have been bitterly disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I believe in it., 9 Dec 2011
This review is from: The Architecture of the City (Oppositions Books) (Paperback)
Sometimes when I feel lost in a city I read it, it teaches me how to read the city. I believe in it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The arquitecture it's the best art that it can be true", 17 Nov 1998
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the book has a wonderfull message for all the world, his arquitecture shows a lot of concept, since the being.
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5.0 out of 5 stars incredible and different, 3 July 1998
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i liked it and would recommend it to a friends family
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