Italian Townscape (Hardback)Ivor de Wolfe (author)
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The theory of Townscape was originally developed by Hastings in collaboration with the architect, planner and illustrator Gordon Cullen, whose book of this name, published in 1961, remains a standard work. In The Italian Townscape, Hastings made his own statement, sharing his worries about the blandness of modern consumer society and celebrating Italian towns and cities as theatrical background for everyday life. Writing at a time when English people were migrating to the suburbs and cars were destroying the conviviality of cities, Hastings anticipated the return in recent decades to an ideal of public space, where "the only true happiness lies at the centre".
Hastings/De Wolfe rekindles our appreciation for individual urban elements: articulating his analysis through disparate themes: from the more obvious: "streets", "advertising" and "pedestrian network", to typically idiosyncratic ones: "Defensive armour", "constipation", "toughies" and "sissies" and "all creeping things". The photographs evoke the Italy of Fellini's films, making it a forgotten classic of travel and photographic publishing whose lessons remain relevant today.
Professor of Architecture and Cultural History at the University of Greenwich, Alan Powers, and Professor Erdem Erten of the University of Izmir in Turkey, contribute a new introduction to this reprint, restoring the identity of Hastings as an author and his role in architecture and planning debates from the 1930s to the 1970s.
Publisher: Artifice Press
Number of pages: 300
Weight: 1179 g
Dimensions: 240 x 190 mm
--A Daily Dose of Architecture
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