America by Design

America by Design What is the pattern of America How did we mark our land throughout our history with towns and farms factories and railroad lines And what does all this activity say about who we are and what we have

  • Title: America by Design
  • Author: Spiro Kostof
  • ISBN: 9780195042832
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What is the pattern of America How did we mark our land throughout our history with towns and farms, factories and railroad lines And what does all this activity say about who we are and what we have been In this book, a beautifully illustrated companion volume to a new PBS series, one of our most highly acclaimed architectural historians confronts these questions as heWhat is the pattern of America How did we mark our land throughout our history with towns and farms, factories and railroad lines And what does all this activity say about who we are and what we have been In this book, a beautifully illustrated companion volume to a new PBS series, one of our most highly acclaimed architectural historians confronts these questions as he takes us on a thoughtful and wonderfully engaging tour of America s built environment _____In preparing the series and the book, Spiro Kostof set out to see America as one design, made from a whole cloth, and to review the enduring themes that determined the main features of its landscape Each chapter, like each program in the series, focuses on one of these themes the house, the workplace, the street, the public realm, the shape of the land Kostof s curiosity touches on everything from suburban tracts to canal systems, from company towns to office towers His aim throughout is to help us see America and not to take anything we see for granted With Kostof as our guide, such apparent banalities as factory windows and street pavements take on a new significance, as do obvious monuments, from state capitols to dams and long span bridges Embracing a truly democratic view of his subject, Kostof regards all buildings, the standard and the fancy, as worthy of study, and his consistent emphasis is on their social importance who uses them and how they are used From first chapter to last, Kostof brilliantly conveys the processes of designing, building, and using by which we have imprinted the landscape throughout the course of our long tenancy _____ In the ways we use what is designed and built, in the demands we make and the changes we bring about, Kostof writes, we are all designers of America On us all falls the blame for what is ugly in our surroundings, what is inhumane and derelict To us all belongs the credit for the beauty we fashion and the love, the excitement, the grace we allow it to contain.

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    About " Spiro Kostof "

  • Spiro Kostof

    Spiro Konstantine Kostof was a leading architectural historian, and professor at the University of California, Berkeley His books continue to be widely read and some are routinely used in collegiate courses on architectural history.In 1993, following his death, the Society of Architectural Historians established the Spiro Kostof Award, to recognize books in the spirit of Kostof s writings, particularly those that are interdisciplinary and whose content focuses on urban development, the history of urban form, and or the architecture of the built environment.

  • 167 Comments

  • Interesting and quite enlightening, although more about form and style than about particular structures. I used to live in the Coeymans House, one of the books listed as an example of a Dutch Colonial (real) farm house. But the author also seems enamored of less then stellar ideas, like the suburban headquarters of General Foods and of Union Carbide, both of which may be interesting buildings but also look like total institutions in the middle of nowhere.


  • Interesting historical context from the American House, Workplace, Street to the Public Realm and the shape of the land.


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