Visual Planning and the Picturesque (Hardback)
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Visual Planning and the Picturesque (Hardback)

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Hardback 232 Pages / Published: 20/05/2010
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This is a previously unpublished work by one of the most important architectural historians of the twentieth century. This previously unpublished work by Nikolaus Pevsner (1902-1983), one of the twentieth-century's most widely read scholars of art and architectural history, was begun in the mid-1940s. The unfinished manuscript is something of an anomaly in his vast oeuvre of writings in so far as it sought to complement the body of thought emerging in postwar Britain that was concerned with urban design, generally referred to as 'Townscape'. As assembled and annotated here, "Visual Planning and the Picturesque" comprises three parts. The first analyses English planning tradition before 1800. The second surveys English planning theory or, by Pevsner's description, the theory of the picturesque. The third part is essentially a meditation on how this tradition and this theory shaped architecture and urban planning in England in the 19th century and, potentially, the 20th as well. The work as a whole is a surprisingly fresh plea for a visual approach to urban design and common sense in architecture, one that sought to incorporate and mediate rather than idealize and exclude.

Publisher: Getty Trust Publications
ISBN: 9781606060018
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 964 g
Dimensions: 274 x 196 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"The three quite distinct parts of the revealed book show Pevsner as guide, historian, and critic ... the cinematic passage of the first part's pictures are a treat in themselves."--"The Architect's Journal"


"Well worth reading."--"The Times Literary Supplement"""


"Seeing the world through [Pevsner's] eyes is rewarding."--"Building Design"


"The third [part of the book] collects Pevsner's attempts to apply picturesque principles to modernist architecture, and the first is a brilliant, hauntingly illustrated photo-essay on a select series of streets, squares, and quadrangles in Oxford and London."--"Icon Magazine"


"A fascinating collection of thoughts by one of the twentieth century's heroes of architectural thinking."--"Urban Design"


"A blend of pragmatism and nostalgia for an idealized landscape." "Financial Times""


"The three quite distinct parts of the revealed book show Pevsner as guide, historian, and critic... the cinematic passage of the first part's pictures are a treat in themselves." "The Architect's Journal""


"The excellent introduction by John Macarthur and Mathew Aitchison . . . contextualizes the manuscript with as much erudition as insight." "The Architectural Review""


"Seeing the world through [Pevsner's] eyes is rewarding." "Building Design""


"The third [part of the book] collects Pevsner's attempts to apply picturesque principles to modernist architecture, and the first is a brilliant, hauntingly illustrated photo-essay on a select series of streets, squares, and quadrangles in Oxford and London." "Icon Magazine""


"A detailed and dense reminder of Pevsner's genius, wrapped up with some beautiful images of bygone Britain." "Monocle Magazine""


A fascinating collection of thoughts by one of the twentieth century s heroes of architectural thinking. "Urban Design""


Well worth reading. "The Times Literary Supplement"

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"A blend of pragmatism and nostalgia for an idealized landscape."--Financial Times


"The three quite distinct parts of the revealed book show Pevsner as guide, historian, and critic ... the cinematic passage of the first part's pictures are a treat in themselves."--The Architect's Journal


"The excellent introduction by John Macarthur and Mathew Aitchison . . . contextualizes the manuscript with as much erudition as insight."--The Architectural Review


"Seeing the world through [Pevsner's] eyes is rewarding."--Building Design


"The third [part of the book] collects Pevsner's attempts to apply picturesque principles to modernist architecture, and the first is a brilliant, hauntingly illustrated photo-essay on a select series of streets, squares, and quadrangles in Oxford and London."--Icon Magazine


"A detailed and dense reminder of Pevsner's genius, wrapped up with some beautiful images of bygone Britain."--Monocle Magazine


"Well worth reading."--The Times Literary Supplement


"A fascinating collection of thoughts by one of the twentieth century's heroes of architectural thinking."--Urban Design

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