Architecture and the Urban Environment - A Vision for the by Derek Thomas

By Derek Thomas

Книга определяет архитектурные и экологические цели на даный момент, анализирует современную работу в комплексе с социальными и экологическими проблемами. Книга по истории и теории градостроительства на английском языке. Доступно и понятно написано.

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The practice of architecture, including the patrons of architecture themselves, in fact all who are involved with the shaping of urban environment, need to show greater accountability for the spiritual, physical and intellectual well being of those who have to live within the products of their endeavours. In this way architecture could restore its integrity in the eyes of the ordinary people and elevate the qualities of the social environment to enhance the urban experience. 53 DIRECTIONS IN ARCHITECTURE Cross-cultural stylistic impor ts in Algeria, K uwait and Saudi Arabia Kuwait The oil boom of the late 1970s brought with it significant development in the Arab countries, notably Saudi Arabia.

The social success of the urban canvas expressed through the open space system depends on the response of city management not only to the cultural forces at work, but also to the extent to which social amenity is achieved through architectural responsiveness to that canvas. 36 DIRECTIONS IN ARCHITECTURE In the context of our environmentally stressed planet, it is not responsible to think of architecture as being ‘good’ only in terms of past design maxims. C H A R AAC CTERISA ATT I O N Directions in architecture are not readily discernible without the benefit of hindsight.

To new conceptions of the professional-client contract, the partnership of research and practice, and the learning systems of professional institutions... ’ Coupled with the reflective approach of Schön, there is the phenomenon of universalisation in architecture which has been instrumental in hastening the destruction of traditional cultures, but so has the compulsion towards the language of derivative architecture and ‘ theme worlds’. In the vast majority of situations the evidence of this trend is environmentally demeaning mediocrity with subcultural manifestations that have skewed the direction of the architectural mainstream.

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