The City Shaped : Spiro Kostof :Kostof seeks to explain the evolution of urban design through sociological patterns of human settlements dating back to Maya and Mesopotamia. His introduction describes the possible origins of urban design through the various human agglomerations, even if it is urbanism in an infantile form. Spiro Kostof discusses these origins of urbanism from multiple influences; from the morphology of military necessity, political forces, sociological humanistic responses, religious reasons and infrastructure needs, of which, clean running water being the most critical to human settlement. Kostof describes the reasoning of different urban developments around the world, and what forces were primary to the resultant urban form. For the ancient Maya, the civic center was arranged with strict adherence to the fundamental religious and palace structures, to the degree of which the sun, moon and stars were crucial to the orientation of the temples and courts. For other cities, their plans were based off the ability to get water to the ideal settlement areas, or to others yet, theirs was politically or commercially driven, like Wurzburg, Germany.
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Extremely clear, very thought-provoking. Kostof's appreciation for pvf allocation of space and the cultural repercussions therein are well worth wading through the reference-like presentation. Much more than documents. Rangothri Sreenivasa Subramanyam.
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