Architecture and the Urban Environment - A Vision for the by Derek Thomas

By Derek Thomas

Книга определяет архитектурные и экологические цели на даный момент, анализирует современную работу в комплексе с социальными и экологическими проблемами. Книга по истории и теории градостроительства на английском языке. Доступно и понятно написано.

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In the Mohalla (or residential quarter) of the walled city of Delhi, spatial pattern is expressed in what appears to an outside obser ver as dark voids between buildings. This belies the real qualities of the environment. Beyond the dark narrow lanes bounded by blank walls are sunny, air y courtyards where private activity can take place. The urban pattern therefore protects the residents by means of two spatial envelopes before a public space is entered, so that social behaviour adjusts from first degree privacy, the interior courtyard; to second degree privacy, the lane outside the door; to third degree privacy, the public square.

Because it is innate it is style genuine - or not at all. Style is now a quality natural to the building itself. Style develops from WITHIN. Great repose - serenity, a new tranquillity - is the reward for the proper use of each or any material in the true forms of which each is most capable. Lloyd Wright Frampton’s (1992) view is that Post-Modern stems from an ‘understandable reaction to the pressures of societal modernisation and thus as an escape from the tendency of contemporar y life to be totally dominated by the values of the scientific-industrial complex...

The issue is how to accommodate local tradition with modern techniques. 5Skikda, Algeria: In the mould of ‘unite d’habitation’ - apartment blocks inappropriately appearing in the desert There is much evidence of the ‘Post-Modern dream house’’ , essentially Western with an outward aspect, which has replaced the inward-looking traditional Islamic house. The culturally important intricate system of inner courts, each with its own social function - for men, for women and for minding children etc. has been abandoned.

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