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The Concise Townscape

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This book pioneered the concept of townscape. 'Townscape' is the art of giving visual coherence and organization to the jumble of buildings, streets and space that make up the urban environment. It has been a major influence on architects, planners and others concerned with what cities should look like.

Paperback, 199 pages
Published January 1st 1976 by Van Nostrand Reinhold Co. (first published December 1st 1961)
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Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful description of the components that make cities and towns work, from a point of view that celebrates urban life rather than fears it.

It makes you realise just how much written about the city is a literature of fear. But Cullen seems to get the point, I think:
A city is more than the sum of its inhabitants. It has the power to generate a surplus of amenity, which is one reason why people like to live in communities rather than in isolation.

Now turn to the visual impact which a c
Feb 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any design student or professional
Absolute best book on human qualities of urban design.
Fadzly Sharif
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Help me throughout my final year
Archana Singh
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It improves your vocabulary of understanding urban spaces with references which are rooted in our daily experiences.
Oct 24, 2013 rated it liked it
This book has some very interesting ideas about the visual aspects of urban form, but it seems that these ideas are difficult to translate from theory to practice. Like most normative theories it assumes that planners have more practical authority to create change than they may actually possess. In this specific case the author focuses on creating drama through provoking emotional reactions to the built environment. The visual aspects of urban design are only a portion of what a planner should c ...more
Russell Claxton
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gorden Cullen here provides a visual vocabulary of good, better and exemplary results of architectural and urban design decisions and accidents. He recognizes that the material provided is not a template, but a collection of what could be loosely called "patterns" in Christopher Alexander's books. Just the series depicting spaces of curved streets, and the idea of "anticipation" as one proceeds along the street, versus straight streets' relative lack of mystery and discovery, is well worth the p ...more
May 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teaching
a highly visual work, nice examples of multimedia resources and synthesis pre-digital...looking forward to pushing this into digital.
Marcin Szneider
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brytyjski odpowiednik 'Elementów kompozycji urbanistycznej' Kazimierza Wejcherta. Nawet podobny czas wydania obu książek ...more
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