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The Architecture of Community

The Architecture of Community  - obrázek

The Architecture of Community - obrázek

Léon Krier

  

 

 

"No architect has explored architecture's claim to universality better than Léon Krier, and it is this which makes him the most controversial figure of contemporary architectural culture."   - Demetri Porphyrios


 
Leon Krier is one of the best-known—and most provocative—architects and urban theoreticians in the world. Until now, however, his ideas have circulated mostly among a professional audience of architects, city planners, and academics. In The Architecture of Community, Krier has reconsidered and expanded writing from his 1998 book Architecture: Choice or Fate. Here he refines and updates his thinking on the making of sustainable, humane, and attractive villages, towns, and cities. The book includes drawings, diagrams, and photographs of his built works, which have not been widely seen until now.


 
With three new chapters, The Architecture of Community provides a contemporary road map for designing or completing today’s fragmented communities. Illustrated throughout with Krier’s original drawings, The Architecture of Community explains his theories on classical and vernacular urbanism and architecture, while providing practical design guidelines for creating livable towns.


 
The book contains descriptions and images of the author’s built and unbuilt projects, including the Krier House and Tower in Seaside, Florida, as well as the town of Poundbury in England. Commissioned by the Prince of Wales in 1988, Krier’s design for Poundbury in Dorset has become a reference model for ecological planning and building that can meet contemporary needs.

 

Krier

Biographies
Born in 1946, Leon Krier is one of the most influential architects teaching and writing today. He has taught architecture and urbanism at the Royal College of Arts in London, and in the United States at Princeton University, Yale University, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Virginia. He has worked extensively in Europe and North America and is currently consulting on projects in Guatemala, Romania, England, Belgium, Italy, France, and the United States. In 2003, he received the inaugural Richard Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture.

 

The map image on the top of the book cover is of a Krier produced plan for the National Mall in Washington, DC, produced in the 1980s.

 

From Island Press:
With our society becoming increasingly crowded and natural resources rapidly depleting, we are forced to look for innovative ways to build and also rebuild our communities in a more resilient way. Leon Krier, widely acknowledged as one of the world's most outstanding and provocative architects and urbanists, has been at the forefront creating sustainable, humane and attractive urban spaces. His newest book, "The Architecture of Community," is a practical, contemporary roadmap for the creation of livable towns.

 

Krier's most notable projects including the Krier House and Tower in Seaside, Florida, as well as the town of Poundbury in England, which was commissioned by the Prince of Wales and has become a reference model for ecological planning and building that can meet contemporary needs.

 

In The Architecture of Community, Krier uses drawings, diagrams and photographs of his built works in order to illustrate his theories on classical urbanism and architecture while also providing a practical, contemporary roadmap for the creation of livable towns.

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The Architecture of Community

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8.5.2009

 

 

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