As I Was Saying, Volume 3: Urbanistics

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Overview

Colin Rowe has achieved legendary status as one of a handful of outstanding studio teachers of architecture and urban design to emerge within the last two generations. Since the publication of his first essay, "'The Mathematics of the Ideal Villa" (1947), he has commanded the attention of legions of students and colleagues who came to question, as did he, the eternal verities of modern architecture as propounded by the giants of the early twentieth century. Rowe's writings reveal a powerful insight and a dispassionate, authoritative intelligence that mark him as one of the preeminent architectural thinkers of this perplexing half-century. Divided into three books, in more or less chronological order, As I Was Saying includes articles, essays, eulogies, lectures, reviews, and memoranda; some have appeared only in obscure periodicals, and many have never been published at all. Also included is a retrospective view of selected work of the Urban Design Studio at Cornell and other projects by Rowe and his students and colleagues.
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Contains the Cambridge architecture and urban design teacher's writings on urban design, architecture and urban renewal, urban space, and his colleagues Jim Stirling and Alvin Boyarsky, as well as his students' studio projects and theses executed between 1963 and 1988. Includes b&w photos and diagrams. This is the final volume of the series. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262681124
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 7/23/1999
  • Series: As I Was Saying Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Cornell Studio Projects and Theses 5
The New City: Architecture and Urban Renewal 87
Buffalo Waterfront 97
Nicollet Island, Minneapolis 121
Roma Interrotta 127
Rome: Piazza Augusto Imperatore 155
The Present Urban Predicament 165
Comment on the IBA Proposals 221
The Vanished City 243
A Student Project: Berlin 253
Urban Space 261
The Revolt of the Senses 271
"I Stood in Venice on the Bridge of Sighs" 285
Bibliotheca Alexandrina: An Also-Ran? 301
Interview: Design Book Review 319
Alvin Boyarsky: A Memory 331
Eulogy: Jim Stirling 341
Jim Stirling (1923-1992) 353
A Postscript on Alvin and Jim 359
Index of Names 361
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