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Leon Krier is one of the best-knownandmdash;and most provocativeandmdash;architects and urban theoreticians in the world. Until now, however, his ideas have circulated mostly among a professional audience of architects, city planners, and academics. In The Architecture of Community, Krier has reconsidered and expanded writing from his 1998 book Architecture: Choice or Fate. Here he refines and updates his thinking on the making of sustainable, humane, and attractive villages, towns, and cities. The book includes drawings, diagrams, and photographs of his built works, which have not been widely seen until now.


With three new chapters, The Architecture of Community provides a contemporary road map for designing or completing todayandrsquo;s fragmented communities. Illustrated throughout with Krierandrsquo;s original drawings, The Architecture of Community explains his theories on classical and vernacular urbanism and architecture, while providing practical design guidelines for creating livable towns.and#160;


The book contains descriptions and images of the authorandrsquo;s built and unbuilt projects, including the Krier House and Tower in Seaside, Florida, as well as the town of Poundbury in England. Commissioned by the Prince of Wales in 1988, Krierandrsquo;s design for Poundbury in Dorset has become a reference model for ecological planning and building that can meet contemporary needs.


andquot;More than ever Krier has every right to claim our attention. We need him, in fact, as never before. He presents us with the lessons, if we would but take them, that come out of rediscovery. He celebrates the values that are knowable.andquot;


andquot;Long the inspiration of new urbanists, Landeacute;on Krierand#39;s work, now comprehensively gathered in this book, is still the best guide for designing buildings and communities.andquot;


andquot;This book is Mr. Krierand#39;s gift to the coming generations-who, otherwise, have been left saddled by us with little more than extravagant debts in every way you could imagine. They are going to have to inhabit what remains of this planet, along with whatever remains of its resources, when we are gone, and Mr. Krierand#39;s heroic, often lonely labors, have produced this indispensable beacon of principle and methodology to light their way home.andquot;


andquot;This is the compendium of common sense that has flowed from Leonand#39;s pen for over forty years. From first to last, none of it has aged; and none of it will age. It is the one indispensable book on urbanism.andquot;


andquot;Leon Krierand#39;s The Architecture of Community is a primer on the fundamentals of the language of architecture and urbanism…Krierand#39;s childlike drawings, distilled captions and hornbook like aphorisms make this the perfect textbook with which to begin reclaiming our lost literacy.andquot;


andquot;One of the most influential architects and urban theoreticians of the modern age, Krier has a clear idea of whatand#39;s wrong with many of our urban development patternsandmdash;and he has a similarly clear idea about how those problems can be avoided in the future. His book is a collection of suggestions and proposals that make up a general theory for how to create traditional cities, towns and communities that are attractive, livable, and (hopefully) truly loved.andquot;


andquot;This book provides detailed drawings and images to illustrate the authorand#39;s theories on classical urbanism and architecture, while providing practical guidelines for creating attractive, livable towns. The book also outlines a diagnosis and a cure, a critique and a project, and presents a common-sense approach to urban planning.andquot;


Leon Krier is one of the best-knownand#151;and most provocativeand#151;architects and urban theoreticians in the world. Until now, however, his ideas have circulated mostly among a professional audience of architects, city planners, and academics. In The Architecture of Community, Krier has reconsidered and expanded writing from his 1998 book Architecture: Choice or Fate. Here he refines and updates his thinking on the making of sustainable, humane, and attractive villages, towns, and cities. The book includes drawings, diagrams, and photographs of his built works, which have not been widely seen until now.


Leon Krier is one of the best-known–and m

About the Author

Born in 1946, Leon Krier is one of the most influential architects teaching and writing today. He has taught architecture and urbanism at the Royal College of Arts in London, and in the United States at Princeton University, Yale University, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Virginia. He has worked extensively in Europe and North America and is currently consulting on projects in Guatemala, Romania, England, Belgium, Italy, France, and the United States. In 2003, he received the inaugural Richard Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture.

Table of Contents

Author’s Note

Foreword \ Robert A. M. Stern

Preface: The Art of Making Places


PART I. Aspects of Modernity

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Contemporary Prospects

Chapter 3. From Political Pluralism to Architectural Plurality

Chapter 4. The Authority of the Architect in a Democracy

Chapter 5. Toward a Coexistence of Doctrines

Chapter 6. The Architect’s Categorical Imperative


PART II. Nature of the Architectural Object

Chapter 1. Res Publica and#149; Res Privita

Chapter 2. Nameable Objects and So-called Objects

Chapter 3. Definition of the Architectural Object

Chapter 4. True and False Monuments

Chapter 5. Technology and Architectural Expression

Chapter 6. Summary of Terms and Concepts

-modernity and#149; modernism and#149; tradition

-typology and#149; type and#149; composition

-invention and#149; innovation and#149; discovery

-Traditional architecture: vernacular building and classical architecture

-Region and style


PART III. Critique of a Modernist Ideology

Chapter 1. “How to Make the Easy Difficult by Way of the Useless”

Chapter 2. Modernism and the Anticonformism of the Establishment

Chapter 3. Historicism and Modernism

Chapter 4. Modernism and Progress

Chapter 5. The Aporia of Modernism

Chapter 6. Modernism and Experimentalism

Chapter 7. Modernism and Functionalism

Chapter 8. Modernism and Formalism

Chapter 9. Zeitgeist

Chapter 10. Modernism and Memory

Chapter 11. Modernism and Conservation: The Charter of Venice and Docomomo

Chapter 12. After Modernism

Chapter 13. Gained in Translation


PART IV. and#160;Prospects for a New Urbanism

Chapter 1. Forms of Urban Overexpansion

Chatper 2. Ecology and Urbanism and#149; The Vital Link

Chapter 3. Critique of Industrial Planning and Functional Zoning

Chapter 4. The Urbanization of the Suburbs

-New areas for urban development and the internal growth of cities

Chapter 5. The Need to Reform Development Programs

Chapter 6. The Masterplan, a Definition

Chapter 7. The Masterplan, a Tool of Public Interest


PART V. The Polycentric City of Urban Communities

Chapter 1. Cities within the City Structural Components

-urban quarter and#149; borough and#149; city and#149; metropolis

Chatper 2. City and Landscape Sustainability

Chapter 3. Structure and Form of the Urban Quarter

-size and#149; plan and#149; skyline

Chapter 4. Geometry of Urban Patterns

Chapter 5. Siting of Buildings on Squares, Streets, and Blocks

Chapter 6.Type, Shape, and Character of Urban Spaces

Chapter 7. Single-lot Blocks and#149; Multi-lot Blocks and their Architecture

Chapter 8. Hierarchy of Public Spaces and Circulation Hierarchy

Chapter 9. The Polycentric Zoning of Functions

Chapter 10. Building Heights

Chapter 11. In Praise of Towers

Chapter 12. Critical Problems of Plot-ratios

Chapter 13. Artificial Lighting of Public Spaces


PART VI. Washington DC: An Unfinished Canvas

Chapter 1. Washington DC, a Global Ecological Reconstruction

Chapter 2. Rebirth of the American Cityand#160;

Chapter 3. On Classical Architecture and Vernacular Building


PART VII. The Modernity of Traditional Architecture

Chapter 1. Traditional Culture and the Idea of Progress

Chapter 2. Architecture and Politics

Chapter 3. Whe Architecture Matters to You!

Chapter 4. The Destiny of Traditional Architecture

Chapter 5. The Perennial Values of the Principles of Traditional Architecture

Chapter 6. The New and#149; The Unique and#149; The Tectonic and#149; The Original

Chapter 7. Natural and Synthetic Materials

Chapter 8. Venustas and#149; Firmitas and#149; Utilitas


PART VIII. Universal Usefulness of Modern Craft Industry or the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Chapter 1. Critique of the Industrialization of Buildings

Chapter 2. The Evaluation of Buildings by their Whole Life Cycle

Chapter 3. Knowledge of Know-how: The Need for Modern Craftsmanship


PART IX. The Architectural Tuning of Settlements

Chapter 1. The Architectural Tuning of Settlements


PART X. Drawing to Reality

Chapter 1. Why I Practice Classical Architecture and Traditional Urbanism

Chapter 2. Sculpture Podium, Barcelona, Spain

Chapter 3. Tower Block Renovation, Alessandria, Italy

Chapter 4. Archeological Museum, Sintra, Portugal

Chapter 5. The Seaside Prize

Chapter 6. Robert Davis Laudatio

Chapter 7. Krier House, Seaside, Florida, USA

Chapter 8. Cittand#224; Nuova, Alessandria, Italy

Chapter 9. Windsor Village Hall, Vero Beach, Florida, USA

Chapter 10. Brasserie Agape, Val D’Europe, France

Chapter 11. The Jorge M. Perez Architectural Center,and#160;University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, USA

Chapter 12. The Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture

Chapter 13. Jaque Robertson Laudatio

Chapter 14. Hameau-des-Pins, Hardelot, France

Chapter 15. Poundbury, Dorchester, Dorset, UK




The Last Word \ James Howard Kuntsler


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