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Critical Perspectives on Public Space

Zeynep Çelik (Editor), Diane Favro (Editor), Richard Ingersoll (Editor), Spiro Kostof (Introduction)

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Paperback, 300 pages
ISBN: 9780520205284
October 1996
$38.95, £33.00
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.
Annmarie Adams Nezar AlSayyad
Eleni Bastéa
Charles Burroughs Greg Castillo
Zeynep Çelik
Joan Draper
Diane Favro
Paul Groth
Heng Chye Kiang
Krystyna von Henneburg
Richard Ingersoll
Richard Longstreth
Jean-Pierre Protzen
John Howland Rowe
Deborah Robbins
Bruce Thomas
Stephen Tobriner
Marc Treib
Dell Upton
Gwendolyn Wright
Fikret K. Yegül
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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