"It is refreshing to look at standard themes of the history of urban design from a nonrational point of view, to see surveyors as quasi-priests and orthogonal planning as a sophisticated technique touched by divine mystery... Rykwert's lasting worth will be to wrench us away from rationalist simplicities, and to make us face the fundamental disquiet of the human spirit in its claim to a permanent place on the land."
- Spiro Kostof
, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians
(review of the second edition)
About the Author
Joseph Rykwert is Paul Philippe Cret Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.