Urban Forms: The Death and Life of the Urban Block
This popular and influential work, translated here into English for the first time, was the first morphological study of urban design generated by ... Show synopsis This popular and influential work, translated here into English for the first time, was the first morphological study of urban design generated by the Urban Planning unit University of Versaille in France. It demonstrates how our cities have got into problems resulting from the erosion of the street and block structure. It links this to changes in economic and social structures via a selection of already published drawings together with specially drawn material. It also provides easy graphic access to a number of those examples of urban form which are now being promoted as solutions. It is notable for linking the individual building to the form of the city and is a call for architects to consider the urban context in which they work as opposed to treating their projects as isolated works of art. The book makes an attempt to link changes in form to shifts in socio-economic structures through the five key interventions of 20th-century urbanism. The theme running through the work is the progressive opening up and destruction of the urban block as presented in three basic forms in the three first chapters to be replaced by a concern for the autonomy of the object and the destruction of the distinction between public and private space. This is continued in a new up to date chapter focusing on the US through case studies of New Urbanism, Seaside, Kenlands, Mission Bay and Celebration.