Concise Townscape [Gordon Cullen] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This book pioneered the concept of townscape. ‘Townscape’ is the. Book Review: The Concise Townscape The title of the book is The Concise Townscape and its author is Gordon Cullen. He was an influential English Architect. Concise Townscape has ratings and 9 reviews. Andrea said: This is a wonderful description of the components that make cities and towns work, from a p.

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I love how he shows visually the difference between the sky and infinity, and how this sense is created through framing. Let us suppose that we are walking through a town: Marga Bauza rated it really liked it Mar 10, Now turn to the visual impact which a city has on those who live in it or visit it.

Without disrespect this may be compared to God sending his Son into the world to live as a human, find out what it is like and redeem it.

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I can manipulate Spaces and Moods, knowing their Behaviour, to produce the home of man. Suddenly in the rich humus of the mind an idea pushes up into the light of comprehension. In the pages that follow an attempt is made to chart these moves under the three main heads as a series of cases.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Gordon Cullen describes three primary ways in which our environment produces an emotional reaction key to the planner or architect: This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

But I have not combed the world just to make a picture book that can be picked up and put down. To imitate daylight — whereby the road surface and objects on it are seen three-dimensionally and in colour — being economically impossible the alternative is to use a lower intensity of light, to reflect light off the road surface evenly so that any object on it is seen as a silhouette which the eye can interpret as man, dog, car, hazard, etc.

Postmodern Urbanism Nan Ellin Limited preview – If someone knocks at your door and you open it to let him in, it sometimes happens that a gust of wind comes in too, sweeping round the room, blowing the curtains and making a great fuss. When not to ask questions or stay up late, how to get on the right side of dad and so on. A third group may want to study it for Cullen’s superb drawings of city scenery – a skill at which he is the acknowledged master.


Rahil rated it liked it Jun 07, But we shall be concerned with the subjective situation which is disturbing. Now is the time to fashion a much more realistic tool. Across the top we can set down the differing dimensions of the environment in which they operate. Like Capra’s theories of connection, a city is not just a collection of discrete things like streets and buildings, but rather embodies the art of relationship: The difference in meaning between bigness and towering is the measure of the relationship.

Lists with This Book. Again a new view is suddenly revealed although we are travelling at a uniform speed. Firstly we have to rid ourselves of the thought that the excitement and drama that we seek can be born automatically out of the scientific research and solutions arrived at by the technical man or the technical half of the brain.

Conformity killed, whereas the agreement to differ gave life. All that remains is to join them together into a new pattern created by the warmth and power and vitality of human imagination so that we build the home of man.

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Urban arrangement should be clncise to provide comfort to the people who occupy it. Note also that in this group of half a dozen buildings there may be one which through reason of function does not conform. He recognizes that the material provided is not a template, but a collection of what could be loosely called “patterns” in Christopher Alexander’s books.

I love his description of serial vision — how the town reveals itself in ‘a series of jerks or revelations’, always negotiating the existing view and the emerging view. Urban environment influenced the development of society psychologically and physically. We may be surprised, even astonished a reaction generated by the composition of the group and not by the individual building.


Concise Townscape

Although from a scientific or commercial point of view the town may be a unity, from our optical viewpoint we have tonscape it into two elements: But the other two evoke a kind of poetry, a word invoking an idea, with pictures and text.

Not the grandiose views on Art or God or the Computer, but the normal affirmations about our own lives. We have to join, separate, divide, conceal, reveal, concentrate, dilute, trap, liberate, concie and accelerate.

This book has some very interesting ideas about the visual aspects of urban form, but it seems that these ideas are difficult to translate from theory to practice. Jul 10, Marcin Szneider rated it it was amazing. Concise Townscape Gordon Cullen Limited preview – I am Here, I am in this room, it is now.

And the idea has gone. Austin rated it really liked it Jan 07, An environment as ignorant and clumsy as a crashed gear change, scenery as catastrophic as the implications of a remand home for girls. The environment is put together in two ways. It has the power to generate concose surplus of amenity, which is one reason why people like to live in communities rather than in isolation.

But the quality of intricacy absorbs the eye. I rather want to visit both. It has the power to generate a surplus of amenity, which is one reason why people like to live in communities rather towjscape in isolation.

As we climb the ramp the Rashtrapathi Bhawan is townsdape revealed, the mystery culminates in fulfilment as it becomes immediate to us, standing on the same floor. Let us approach it by a simile. In this way teh void of statistics, of the diagram city, has been split into two parts, whether they be those of Serial Vision, Here and There or This and That.