The Rule and the Model

The Rule and the Model On the Theory of Architecture and Urbanism

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Publisher's Synopsis

When it was first published in France in 1980, "La Regle et le Modele" was awarded the prestigious "Grand prix de la critique d'architecture". In this translation of her seminal work on architecture and urbanistic theory, Francoise Choay elucidates the entwined fate of two theoretical genres. One is represented by Alberti's architectural rule book "De re aedificatoria", the other by Thomas More's idealizing projection of "Utopia". Choay pursues the trajectories of these two genres in order to trace the genealogy of a third, more heterogeneous discourse associated with the term "urbanism".;"The Rule and the Model" elaborates Choay's hypothesis about the specialized tradition of theorizing architecture and urbanism, the origins of which she locates in Western society with its belief in the constitutive role of architecture in founding and tranforming human institutions over time. She demonstrates that since its emergence in the 15th century, this discourse has been organized by two prinicipal formulations: the "rule" and the "model".;Choay surveys and rearranges the landscape of conventional historiography, assigning new value to the familiar landmarks, and tracing down to our own epoch texts descended from Alberti's treatise and More's utopian model. She proposes a coherent system for deciphering our master texts as well as a new means for considering the implications of our "de facto" mastery of the built environment.

Book information

ISBN: 9780262032261
Publisher: MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 720.1
DEWEY edition: 20
Language: English
Number of pages: 500
Weight: 454g
Height: 235mm
Width: 185mm
Spine width: 25mm