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CATALYST ARCHITECTURE: RIO DE JANEIRO, NEW YORK, TOKYO, COPENHAGEN. Hans Kiib and Gitte Marling. Aalborg University Press, 2015. Art and Urbanism. 308 pp. with 121 ills. (99 col.). 27 x 22 cm. ISBN 9788771122237 Bilingual in English and Norwegian.
Publisher's description: Catalyst Architecture raises a discussion in regard to architecture's role as a catalyst for urban development. Through the study of eight architectural projects in large cities on four different continents, the book's focus is placed on how architecture can promote the enriching experiences of the tolerant, the democratic, the learning- and the experience- rich city. In other words, the city worth living in, worth supporting, and worth investing in. These architectural projects operate with a mix of design programs, organized so that they invite diverse user groups to a variety of activities. Visual and other sensuous architectural effects frame the interaction between the projects and the human activities within their urban context -- an interaction that indicates a direction for a new narrative about the potential of place. The book is written for everybody with an interest in architecture and urban life in large cities. It is a must-read for students of architecture, urban design, town planning, urban geography, urban sociology, and aesthetic studies.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-2000 — Architecture — Urban Planning
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 170058
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