The Rule and the Model: On the Theory of Architecture and Urbanism Françoise Choay

ISBN: 9780262032261

Published: June 6th 1997

Hardcover

500 pages


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The Rule and the Model: On the Theory of Architecture and Urbanism  by  Françoise Choay

The Rule and the Model: On the Theory of Architecture and Urbanism by Françoise Choay
June 6th 1997 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 500 pages | ISBN: 9780262032261 | 3.14 Mb

To see the strangeness in writings on urbanism, one must first be willing and able to recognize what is out of the ordinary and improbable in their undertaking, when seen against the background of how, in the cultures of the world, throughoutMoreTo see the strangeness in writings on urbanism, one must first be willing and able to recognize what is out of the ordinary and improbable in their undertaking, when seen against the background of how, in the cultures of the world, throughout history, humans have gone about organizing and building their settlements.

The creation of a specific, autonomous discipline for the construction of space is an enterprise whose uniqueness and audacity are easy to miss because of its present universality and banality. When it was first published in France in 1980, La Rè gle et le Modele was awarded the prestigious Grand prix de la critique darchitecture. In this long-awaited translation of her seminal work on architecture and urbanistic theory, Franç oise Choay elucidates the entwined fate of two theoretical genres.

One is represented by Albertis architectural rule book De re aedificatoria, the other by Thomas Mores idealizing projection of Utopia. Choay pursues the trajectories of these two genres in order to trace the genealogy of a third, more heterogeneous discourse associated with the term urbanism.The Rule and the Model elaborates Choays hypothesis about the specialized tradition of theorizing architecture and urbanism, the origins of which she locates in Western society with its belief in the constitutive role of architecture in founding and transforming human institutions over time.

She demonstrates that since its emergence in the fifteenth century, this discourse has been organized by two principal formulations: the rule and the model



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