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"No architect has explored architecture's claim to universality better than Léon Krier, and it is this which makes him the most controversial figure of contemporary architectural culture."
 -Demetri Porphyrios
Leon Krier is one of the best-known—and most provocative—architects and urban theoreticians in the world. Until now, however, his ideas have circulated mostly among a
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published May 8th 2009 by Island Press
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Al Clark
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
An odd book, but one worth sitting and thinking about. The style is visual, cartoonish, polemical... I think it needs to be read charitably to get much out of it.

As a descriptive book about where it would be nice for architecture to go, I think it's great. After reading it I feel better equipped to describe things I like and don't like, and have a better sense of why that is the case. That said, if you're friendly to his ideas this really is a melancholy book for most Americans because we've got
Christopher Hillard
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very interesting book from an author with a strikingly contrarian point of view. You don't need to agree with he author's conclusions (and on many points, I don't) to find this engaging if you have an interest in architecture or urbanism.
Jan 15, 2013 added it
40% of the book is done. The book was recommended by my design studio instructor. I found it a bit traditional and classical, which works well for designing in the Gulf states including Qatar- as a culturally driven society. I will certainly refer to it in the future.
Austin Tunnell
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The best book I've read in a long time. I really, really recommend.
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Luxembourger architect, architectural theorist and urban planner. He is a representative of New Urbanism and New Classical Architecture. Krier was the first laureate of the Driehaus Architecture Prize in 2003.
“A city is not an accident but the result of coherent visions and aims.” 12 likes
“Viewed from a certain distance and under good light, even an ugly city can look like the promised land.” 5 likes
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