The Architecture of Community

The Architecture of Community Review

"No architect has explored architecture's claim to universality better than Léon Krier, and it is this which makes him the most controversial figure of contemporary architectural culture."
 -Demetri Porphyrios

Leon Krier is one of the best-known—and most provocative—architects and urban theoreticians in the world. Until now, however, his ideas have circulated mostly among a professional audience of architects, city planners, and academics. In The Architecture of Community, Krier has reconsidered and expanded writing from his 1998 book Architecture: Choice or Fate. Here he refines and updates his thinking on the making of sustainable, humane, and attractive villages, towns, and cities. The book includes drawings, diagrams, and photographs of his built works, which have not been widely seen until now.
With three new chapters, The Architecture of Community provides a contemporary road map for designing or completing today’s fragmented communities. Illustrated throughout with Krier’s original drawings, The Architecture of Community explains his theories on classical and vernacular urbanism and architecture, while providing practical design guidelines for creating livable towns.
The book contains descriptions and images of the author’s built and unbuilt projects, including the Krier House and Tower in Seaside, Florida, as well as the town of Poundbury in England. Commissioned by the Prince of Wales in 1988, Krier’s design for Poundbury in Dorset has become a reference model for ecological planning and building that can meet contemporary needs.

Title:The Architecture of Community
Edition Language:English

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  • Al Clark

    An odd book, but one worth sitting and thinking about. The style is visual, cartoonish, polemical... I think it needs to be read charitably to get much out of it.As a descriptive book about where it w...

  • Christopher Hillard

    This is a very interesting book from an author with a strikingly contrarian point of view. You don't need to agree with he author's conclusions (and on many points, I don't) to find this engaging if y...

  • Asmaa

    40% of the book is done. The book was recommended by my design studio instructor. I found it a bit traditional and classical, which works well for designing in the Gulf states including Qatar- as a cu...

  • Austin Tunnell

    The best book I've read in a long time. I really, really recommend. ...