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In response to the sense of crisis in todays towns the proponents of new traditionalism offer a form of urban planning which looks back to more traditional styles whilst firmly integrating the requirements of modern life. Their designs are characterised by a sense of public spirit, identification and order. The contributions in this book reveal how these principles relate to the specific European city in the 20th century as well as to the writings of theoreticians from Camillo Sitte up to Rem Koolhaas. The authors reveal why the provocatively conservative approach has enjoyed so much success. They draw comparisons with the New Urbanism found in the USA and develop a systematic approach to town planning. The examples from the Krier Kohl office demonstrate in detail the design process up to the architectural realization by architects such as Michael Graves and Cesar Pelli. They show that new traditionalism in urban planning can fruitfully work together with a wide range of architectural approaches.
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More About Rob Krier, Michael Graves, Hans Ibelings, Philipp Meuser & Harald Bodenschatz
Rob Krier is an architect, educator and influential theorist on architecture and urbanism. He was born in Luxembourg and subsequently emigrated to Austria where he has lived since. Krier has produced urban schemes for cities as diverse as Stuttgart, Vienna and Berlin. His built works include Social Housing, Ritterstrasse, Berlin (1979-80), Social Apartment Houses, Berlin Spandau (1982-85), Apartment Houses, Breitenfurterstrasse for the City of Vienna (1983-88), planning for Social Apartment Houses in Salzburg with Aldo Rossi and O.M. Ungers (1985-), Schinkelplatz, Berlin (1986-88), and Social Apartment House, Prager Platz, Berlin (1986-88). He was also winner of the First Prize in the Competition for the Reconstruction of the City of Amiens (1984). Krier's sculptural work includes six bronzes for the port side of Barcelona (1986-), five bronzes for a castle in Luxembourg (1987), a bronze of the philosopher Reuchlin for Pforzheim in Germany (1987), and a pair of figures for the Camillo Sitte Piazza in Vienna (1988), of which he is also the architect. His previous books include "Urban Space," Academy Editions (1979) and "On Architecture," Academy Editions (1982) and he has also guest-edited an issue of "Architectural Digest" magazine, 'Elements of Architecture' (1983). He has been professor at the Technical University of Vienna since 1975.