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The Continuous City

Fourteen Essays on Architecture and Urbanization

This book gathers writings by Swedish American architect Lars Lerup, in which he sharply observes and analyzes the urban environment around him, then applies those findings to develop innovative theories about the modern city. Though the fourteen essays in the book were written as standalone pieces, together they cohere into a larger project that surveys Lerup’s thinking about identity, monumentality, and the relationship between nature and culture. He considers influential modern landscape designer Roberto Burle Marx, the “dancing floors” of Rem Koolhaas’s Seattle Central Library, Herzog & de Meuron’s 1111 Lincoln Road project in Miami Beach, the character of urban icons like Coop Himmelb(l)au’s Dalian International Conference Center, and much more. 

160 pages | 35 color plates | 4 3/4 x 7 1/2 | © 2017

Architecture at Rice

Architecture: Architecture--Criticism

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Table of Contents

By Jesús Vassallo
Urban Scene
Flat Urbanism
Topography & Topology
Jungle & City
Garden & Jungle
Terragni’s Mirror
The New Geology
Encumbered Section
Parking Plus
Trembling Plans
The Hidden Powers of the Megashape
Urbanization & the Oil Patch
Architecute, the City, & the Third Distance
Next Steps
End Matter

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