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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating account of man's relationship with the city, 9 July 2001
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This review is from: Flesh and Stone: The Body and the City in Western Civilization (Paperback)
The architecture of Classical Athens is the starting point for this fascinating and eye-opening account of the relationship between man's thoughts, desires and conflicts and the city space he builds around him, those architectural spaces in turn influencing man in an ongoing dynamic relationship. Classical Rome also features, before the story moves on to the Modern Age. I found the early sections particularly fascinating, though, and the book made me think very differently about the key importance of the role of architecture, city planning and proportion on the corollary space occupied by the human form. Some of the detail on how the proportions of the Parthenon in Rome mirror the proportions displayed in the human form was a revelation. Erudite without being a difficult read.
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Flesh and Stone: The Body and the City in Western Civilization
Flesh and Stone: The Body and the City in Western Civilization by Richard Sennett (Paperback - 1 Mar. 1996)
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