Concise Townscape [Gordon Cullen] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This book pioneered the concept of townscape. ‘Townscape’ is the. Townscape is the art of giving visual coherence and organisation to CONCISE. TOWNSCAPE. SY. FUIT. Gordon Cullen worked for two London architecturil. Thomas Gordon Cullen (9 August – 11 August ) was an influential British architect and urban designer who was a key motivator in the Townscape movement. He is best known for the book Townscape, first published in Later editions of Townscape were published under the title The Concise.

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This book pioneered the concept of townscape. We may be surprised, even astonished a reaction generated by the composition of the group and not by the individual building. At the risk of repetition let us get the field of activity defined. Cullen catologed them for us here 40 or 50 years ago and these ideas, the fundementals, will never change. Account Options Sign in. And yet … if at the end of it all the city appears dull, uninteresting and soulless, then it is not fulfilling itself.

They are all treated the same, they get the same kind of house.

What is missing is the central power of generation. Our response to the environment is very much the same and can be expressed in four affirmations: Conformity, from the point of view of the planner, is difficult to avoid but to avoid it deliberately, by creating artificial diversions, is surely worse than conciise original boredom.


He studied architecture at cu,len Royal Polytechnic Institutionthe present day University of Westminster, and subsequently worked as a draughtsman in various architects’ offices including that of Berthold Lubetkin and Tectonbut concie never qualified or practised as an architect. The truth is where you are.

This seems to culeln to be self-evident. Awareness of mood and character. And consequently, ten years later, it becomes necessary to start again. Without disrespect this may be compared to God sending his Son into the world to live as a human, find out what it is like and redeem it. We are Here and it is There. If we consider the Atlas as a reference library of visual words then organisation is the art of putting this word with that to make a lucid statement which is inherent in the particular design problem.

But what happens if we simply brush all this to one side and get down to a bit of designing?

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Not the grandiose views on Art or God or the Computer, but the normal affirmations about our own lives. Home About us Archive Links. At the risk of repetition let us get the field of activity defined. Thomas Gordon Cullen 9 August — 11 August was an influential British architect convise urban designer who was a key motivator in the Townscape movement. The building is withheld. Customers who bought this item also bought.


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The second way is cuullen in opposition to this. Across the top we can set down the differing dimensions of the environment in which they operate.

It comes alive through the drama of juxtaposition. Concise Townscape Gordon Cullen Limited preview – Here, for instance, is a programme to rehouse 5, people.

We are Here and it is There. Both these attitudes are complementary. Gordon Cullen describes three primary ways in which our environment produces an emotional reaction key to the planner or architect: Others may find that it teaches them to appreciate, as no other book has done, what it is that makes a town “work” architecturally.

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This book has changed my life as it relates to the “gambits” of making an inventive street work. I had to stop reading there and have a bit of a moment.

By this device of concse containment street and the revelation cantilever the fact of height is dramatized and made real. Get to Know Us. First there is the physical world of length, breadth and height.