The Architecture of Community

The Architecture of Community

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Leon Krier

496 pages pages | 6.25 X 10 | 500 photos and illustrations
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.

"More than ever Krier has every right to claim our attention. We need him, in fact, as never before. He presents us with the lessons, if we would but take them, that come out of rediscovery. He celebrates the values that are knowable."

Robert A. M. Stern, from the book's foreword

"This book is Mr. Krier's gift to the coming generations-who, otherwise, have been left saddled by us with little more than extravagant debts in every way you could imagine. They are going to have to inhabit what remains of this planet, along with whatever remains of its resources, when we are gone, and Mr. Krier's heroic, often lonely labors, have produced this indispensable beacon of principle and methodology to light their way home."

James Howard Kunstler, from the book's afterword

"This is the compendium of common sense that has flowed from Leon's pen for over forty years. From first to last, none of it has aged; and none of it will age. It is the one indispensable book on urbanism."

Andres Duany, co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism

"Long the inspiration of new urbanists, Léon Krier's work, now comprehensively gathered in this book, is still the best guide for designing buildings and communities."

Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism

"Leon Krier's The Architecture of Community is a primer on the fundamentals of the language of architecture and urbanism...Krier's childlike drawings, distilled captions and hornbook like aphorisms make this the perfect textbook with which to begin reclaiming our lost literacy."

Traditional Building

"One of the most influential architects and urban theoreticians of the modern age, Krier has a clear idea of what's wrong with many of our urban development patterns?and he has a similarly clear idea about how those problems can be avoided in the future. His book is a collection of suggestions and proposals that make up a general theory for how to create traditional cities, towns and communities that are attractive, livable, and (hopefully) truly loved."

Planetizen

"This book provides detailed drawings and images to illustrate the author's theories on classical urbanism and architecture, while providing practical guidelines for creating attractive, livable towns. The book also outlines a diagnosis and a cure, a critique and a project, and presents a common-sense approach to urban planning."

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Author's Note

Foreword \ Robert A. M. Stern

Preface: The Art of Making Places

 

PART I. Aspects of Modernity

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Contemporary Prospects

Chapter 3. From Political Pluralism to Architectural Plurality

Chapter 4. The Authority of the Architect in a Democracy

Chapter 5. Toward a Coexistence of Doctrines

Chapter 6. The Architect's Categorical Imperative

 

PART II. Nature of the Architectural Object

Chapter 1. Res Publica ? Res Privita

Chapter 2. Nameable Objects and So-called Objects

Chapter 3. Definition of the Architectural Object

Chapter 4. True and False Monuments

Chapter 5. Technology and Architectural Expression

Chapter 6. Summary of Terms and Concepts

-modernity ? modernism ? tradition

-typology ? type ? composition

-invention ? innovation ? discovery

-Traditional architecture: vernacular building and classical architecture

-Region and style

 

PART III. Critique of a Modernist Ideology

Chapter 1. "How to Make the Easy Difficult by Way of the Useless"

Chapter 2. Modernism and the Anticonformism of the Establishment

Chapter 3. Historicism and Modernism

Chapter 4. Modernism and Progress

Chapter 5. The Aporia of Modernism

Chapter 6. Modernism and Experimentalism

Chapter 7. Modernism and Functionalism

Chapter 8. Modernism and Formalism

Chapter 9. Zeitgeist

Chapter 10. Modernism and Memory

Chapter 11. Modernism and Conservation: The Charter of Venice and Docomomo

Chapter 12. After Modernism

Chapter 13. Gained in Translation

 

PART IV.  Prospects for a New Urbanism

Chapter 1. Forms of Urban Overexpansion

Chatper 2. Ecology and Urbanism ? The Vital Link

Chapter 3. Critique of Industrial Planning and Functional Zoning

Chapter 4. The Urbanization of the Suburbs

-New areas for urban development and the internal growth of cities

Chapter 5. The Need to Reform Development Programs

Chapter 6. The Masterplan, a Definition

Chapter 7. The Masterplan, a Tool of Public Interest

 

PART V. The Polycentric City of Urban Communities

Chapter 1. Cities within the City Structural Components

-urban quarter ? borough ? city ? metropolis

Chatper 2. City and Landscape Sustainability

Chapter 3. Structure and Form of the Urban Quarter

-size ? plan ? skyline

Chapter 4. Geometry of Urban Patterns

Chapter 5. Siting of Buildings on Squares, Streets, and Blocks

Chapter 6.Type, Shape, and Character of Urban Spaces

Chapter 7. Single-lot Blocks ? Multi-lot Blocks and their Architecture

Chapter 8. Hierarchy of Public Spaces and Circulation Hierarchy

Chapter 9. The Polycentric Zoning of Functions

Chapter 10. Building Heights

Chapter 11. In Praise of Towers

Chapter 12. Critical Problems of Plot-ratios

Chapter 13. Artificial Lighting of Public Spaces

 

PART VI. Washington DC: An Unfinished Canvas

Chapter 1. Washington DC, a Global Ecological Reconstruction

Chapter 2. Rebirth of the American City 

Chapter 3. On Classical Architecture and Vernacular Building

 

PART VII. The Modernity of Traditional Architecture

Chapter 1. Traditional Culture and the Idea of Progress

Chapter 2. Architecture and Politics

Chapter 3. Whe Architecture Matters to You!

Chapter 4. The Destiny of Traditional Architecture

Chapter 5. The Perennial Values of the Principles of Traditional Architecture

Chapter 6. The New ? The Unique ? The Tectonic ? The Original

Chapter 7. Natural and Synthetic Materials

Chapter 8. Venustas ? Firmitas ? Utilitas

 

PART VIII. Universal Usefulness of Modern Craft Industry or the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Chapter 1. Critique of the Industrialization of Buildings

Chapter 2. The Evaluation of Buildings by their Whole Life Cycle

Chapter 3. Knowledge of Know-how: The Need for Modern Craftsmanship

 

PART IX. The Architectural Tuning of Settlements

Chapter 1. The Architectural Tuning of Settlements

 

PART X. Drawing to Reality

Chapter 1. Why I Practice Classical Architecture and Traditional Urbanism

Chapter 2. Sculpture Podium, Barcelona, Spain

Chapter 3. Tower Block Renovation, Alessandria, Italy

Chapter 4. Archeological Museum, Sintra, Portugal

Chapter 5. The Seaside Prize

Chapter 6. Robert Davis Laudatio

Chapter 7. Krier House, Seaside, Florida, USA

Chapter 8. Città Nuova, Alessandria, Italy

Chapter 9. Windsor Village Hall, Vero Beach, Florida, USA

Chapter 10. Brasserie Agape, Val D'Europe, France

Chapter 11. The Jorge M. Perez Architectural Center, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, USA

Chapter 12. The Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture

Chapter 13. Jaque Robertson Laudatio

Chapter 14. Hameau-des-Pins, Hardelot, France

Chapter 15. Poundbury, Dorchester, Dorset, UK

 

Afterwords

Conclusion

The Last Word \ James Howard Kuntsler

Index

Photo Credits

Author's Biography

Other Publications

Editors' Biographies

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"More than ever Krier has every right to claim our attention. We need him, in fact, as never before. He presents us with the lessons, if we would but take them, that come out of rediscovery. He celebrates the values that are knowable."

Robert A. M. Stern, from the book's foreword

"This book is Mr. Krier's gift to the coming generations-who, otherwise, have been left saddled by us with little more than extravagant debts in every way you could imagine. They are going to have to inhabit what remains of this planet, along with whatever remains of its resources, when we are gone, and Mr. Krier's heroic, often lonely labors, have produced this indispensable beacon of principle and methodology to light their way home."

James Howard Kunstler, from the book's afterword

"This is the compendium of common sense that has flowed from Leon's pen for over forty years. From first to last, none of it has aged; and none of it will age. It is the one indispensable book on urbanism."

Andres Duany, co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism

"Long the inspiration of new urbanists, Léon Krier's work, now comprehensively gathered in this book, is still the best guide for designing buildings and communities."

Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism

"Leon Krier's The Architecture of Community is a primer on the fundamentals of the language of architecture and urbanism...Krier's childlike drawings, distilled captions and hornbook like aphorisms make this the perfect textbook with which to begin reclaiming our lost literacy."

Traditional Building

"One of the most influential architects and urban theoreticians of the modern age, Krier has a clear idea of what's wrong with many of our urban development patterns?and he has a similarly clear idea about how those problems can be avoided in the future. His book is a collection of suggestions and proposals that make up a general theory for how to create traditional cities, towns and communities that are attractive, livable, and (hopefully) truly loved."

Planetizen

"This book provides detailed drawings and images to illustrate the author's theories on classical urbanism and architecture, while providing practical guidelines for creating attractive, livable towns. The book also outlines a diagnosis and a cure, a critique and a project, and presents a common-sense approach to urban planning."

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