X-Urbanism: Architecture and the American City / Edition 1

X-Urbanism: Architecture and the American City / Edition 1

by Mario Gandelsonas
     
 

For most of his career, architect Mario Gandelsonas has been exploring the American city through his writings, designs, lectures, and, above all, through a series of remarkable analytical drawings. X-Urbanism raises questions about the form of the city by examining various configurations of urban space, analyzing them in ways that blur the traditional

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For most of his career, architect Mario Gandelsonas has been exploring the American city through his writings, designs, lectures, and, above all, through a series of remarkable analytical drawings. X-Urbanism raises questions about the form of the city by examining various configurations of urban space, analyzing them in ways that blur the traditional opposition between figure and ground. This title serves as a visual lexicon of the formal properties of American urbanism-fabric, void, grid, wall-that reveal the hidden structure of the cities New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, New Haven, Des Moines, and Atlantic City. In the process, X-Urbanism confounds our expectations: it shows us the subtle order of chaotic Los Angeles, and the disruptions of New York's rigorous grid.
X-Urbanism carefully reproduces Gandelsonas's drawings, which range from crisp, elegant pen-and-ink to colorful computer renderings and are as beautiful as they are instructive.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568981512
Publisher:
Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
1,405,330
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Ch. 1The Western City: Seven Urban Scenes11
Ch. 2The Identity of the American City45
Ch. 3The City as the Object of Architecture59
Ch. 4Drawing the American City75
New York81
Los Angeles99
Boston111
New Haven121
Chicago131
Des Moines155
Atlantic City173
Acknowledgments183
Index185
Illustration Credits191

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