Concise Townscape [Gordon Cullen] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This book pioneered the concept of townscape. ‘Townscape’ is the. Book Review: The Concise Townscape The title of the book is The Concise Townscape and its author is Gordon Cullen. He was an influential English Architect. Concise Townscape has ratings and 9 reviews. Andrea said: This is a wonderful description of the components that make cities and towns work, from a p.

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In fact the most difficult part lies ahead, the Art of Playing.

We would create an orderly scene with straight roads and with buildings that conformed in height and style. It is this unlooked- for surplus that we are dealing with, for clearly if the environment is going to produce an emotional reaction, with or without our volition, it is up to us to try to understand the three townsccape in which this happens.

Several things begin to happen in the group which would be impossible for the isolated building. We discovered three gateways, that toanscape motion, that of position and that of content.

We take this path and our first view is that of the street.

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Let us approach it by a simile. Wonderful photographic montages show how a pedestrian moves through space, the changing views of the city, the changing feel of space, the momentary mysteries, the vistas, the partial and full closures, the gateways or walls that can frame infinity.

By the exercise of vision it became apparent that motion was not one simple, measurable progression useful in planning, it was in fact two things, the Existing and the Revealed view. I rather want to visit both.


Yet there exists at the back of our minds a feeling that could we only start again we would get rid of this hotchpotch and make all new and fine and perfect.

Non-homes stretching to the horizon and a continuum of emptiness. Townscape should be arranged as its effects are quite an impact on the development of a community that occupy the concse.

Let us suppose that we are walking through a town: The human mind reacts to a contrast, to the difference between things, and when two pictures the street and the courtyard are in the mind at conciise same time, a vivid contrast is felt and the town becomes visible in a deeper sense.

If, therefore, we design our towns from the point of view of the moving person pedestrian or car-borne it is easy to see how the whole city becomes a plastic experience, a journey through pressures and vacuums, a sequence of exposures and enclosures, of constraint and relief. By now we are all pretty conversant with the slab block building with its uncompromising roof line This is the setting.

Concise Townscape by Gordon Cullen

Now is the time to fashion a much more realistic tool. But Cullen seems to get the point, I think: Skip to main content. Log In Sign Up. Click here to sign up.

Concise Townscape

Architectural Press- Architecture – pages. In a large landscape by Corot, I forget its name, a landscape of sombre greens, almost a monochrome, there is a small figure in red. I love how he values mystery. 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. Having arrived at the concept of an Atlas we now consider the fourth affirmation, that concerned with organisation or manipulation.

The first, the city as an object composed of outside planners as subjects. Suppose, however, that we take over this linking as a branch of the art of relationship; then we are finding a tool with which human imagination can begin to mould the city into a coherent drama.


Our first move in creating a system must surely be to organise the field so that phenomena can be filed logically in an Atlas of the environment.

He had played a major role in structuring townscape through this book. Refresh and try again.

All that remains is to join them together into a new pattern created by the warmth and power and vitality of human imagination so that we build the home of man. The Gods who threw the dice groan in frustration.

For a city is a dramatic event in the environment.

Ameya rated it it was amazing Nov 25, He continues with categories handsome gesture, projection and recession, incident fluctuation: Even if you lived in the prettiest of towns the message is still just as necessary: It is my view that there is an incredible waste of fertility and that this should be halted by the creation of a collecting, sorting and retrieval agency.

Accepting the fact that most towns are of old foundation, their fabric will show evidence of differing periods in its architectural styles and also in the various accidents of layout. No trivia or quizzes yet. But what happens if we simply brush all this to one side and get down to a bit of designing?