Streets: Critical Perspectives on Public Space

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This collection of twenty-one essays, written by colleagues and former students of the architectural historian Spiro Kostof (1936-1991), presents case studies on Kostof's model of urban forms and fabrics. The essays are remarkably diverse: the range includes pre-Columbian Inca settlements, fourteenth-century Cairo, nineteenth-century New Orleans, and twentieth-century Tokyo. Focusing on individual streets around the world and from different historical periods, the collection is an inviting overview of the street ...
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Overview

This collection of twenty-one essays, written by colleagues and former students of the architectural historian Spiro Kostof (1936-1991), presents case studies on Kostof's model of urban forms and fabrics. The essays are remarkably diverse: the range includes pre-Columbian Inca settlements, fourteenth-century Cairo, nineteenth-century New Orleans, and twentieth-century Tokyo. Focusing on individual streets around the world and from different historical periods, the collection is an inviting overview of the street as an urban institution. The theme of the volume is that the street presents itself as the basic structuring device of a city's form and also as the locus of its civilization. Each essay is a detailed investigation of a single urban street with unique historical conditions. The authors' shared concern regarding anthropological, political, and technical aspects of street making coalesce into a critical discourse on urban space. A fitting tribute to Spiro Kostof, this collection will be greatly admired by scholars and general readers alike.

Author Biography: Zeynep Çelik is Associate Professor of Architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Diane Favro is Associate Professor of Architecture, University of California, Los Angeles. Richard Ingersoll is Associate Professor of Architecture, Rice University.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780520205284
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 10/7/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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Zeynep Çelik is Associate Professor of Architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Diane Favro is Associate Professor of Architecture, University of California, Los Angeles. Richard Ingersoll is Associate Professor of Architecture, Rice University.
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Table of Contents

Foreword: Streets and the Urban Process: A Tribute to Spiro Kostof 1
His Majesty the Pick: The Aesthetics of Demolition 9
1 San Francisco: Third and Howard: Skid Row and the Limits of Architecture 23
2 Osaka: Underground in Umeda 35
3 Kaifeng and Yangzhou: The Birth of the Commercial Street 45
4 Moscow: Gorki Street and the Design of the Stalin Revolution 57
5 Cairo: Bayn al-Qasrayn: The Street between the Two Palaces 71
6 Istanbul: Urban Preservation as Theme Park: The Case of Sogukcesme Street 83
7 Ephesus: The Street Experience of Ancient Ephesus 95
8 Athens: Etching Images on the Street: Planning and National Aspirations 111
9 Noto: Noto's Corso Remembered, 1693-1993 125
10 Tripoli: Piazza Castello and the Making of a Fascist Colonial Capital 135
11 Rome: The Street Triumphant: The Urban Impact of Roman Triumphal Parades 151
12 Rome: Via della Lungaretta: The Making of a Medieval Street 165
13 Rome: Piazza di Ponte and the Military Origins of Panopticism 177
14 Rome: Absolutism and the Rhetoric of Topography: Streets in the Rome of Sixtus V 189
15 London: The Healthy Victorian City: The Old London Street at the International Health Exhibition of 1884 203
16 Cardiff: Bute Street 213
17 Rabat: Boulevard Muhammad V 225
18 Cuzco: Hawkaypata: The Terrace of Leisure 235
19 Washington, D.C.: Silver Spring: Georgia Avenue, Colesville Road, and the Creation of an Alternative "Downtown" for Metropolitan Washington 247
20 Chicago: Planning Wacker Drive 259
21 New Orleans: The Master Street of the World: The Levee 277
About the Contributors 289
Credits 292
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