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Concise Townscape Paperback – March 10, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0750620185 ISBN-10: 0750620188 Edition: Reprint

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; Reprint edition (March 10, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750620188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750620185
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A welcome reissue of this influential work, with acute observations on the English urban landscape, fully backed up with photographs and the author's characteristic drawings.'
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Olson on April 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
If Gordon Cullen's book 'The Concise Townscape' were required reading for anyone entering an architectural education, the level of discourse on design would skyrocket. Cullen puts to words and images some of the more intangible qualities of space that nevertheless affect how we view our surroundings. It is, in my opinion, a categorization of experiences... discussing things like 'serial vision' (the progression of visual experience as one moves along a path) 'outdoor room and indoor landscape', 'looking into enclosure', 'viscosity', etc. etc. This book is more than a dictionary or thesaurus of spatial terms, however. It is primarily a book on experience- getting to the heart of how a space actually feels; how it is occupied, how it CAN be occupied, and what are the qualities that make it that way. If read for what it truly is, it renders the current fashion of architectural pornography rather silly.

And this, my friend, is where its true strength in Academia comes into play. Sexy renderings only take one so far, but your design professor has most likely read this book. Understanding Cullen's work will bring the discourse up, and move your work beyond a visual one-liner.

But that's just my opinion, and I could be wrong.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Anderson on August 28, 2011
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This book has changed my life as it relates to the "gambits" of making an inventive street work. Other books cover enclosure and ending the street with a focul point. This book goes into so much more depth. The challenge for me is to take these largely urban ideas and apply them to a suburban environment (where I do my work) but that isn't Cullen's fault. The qualities that go into a good street will probably never change. Cullen catologed them for us here 40 or 50 years ago and these ideas, the fundementals, will never change.
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By newlive216 on May 28, 2014
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the book cut first letter of the word or end of the letter of the word,it is very let me down
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy E. Ramsay on June 29, 2008
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Too concise. Had to get copies of pictures left out from previous copy.

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