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Architectural movements and practitioners prior to WWI. The focus is the period from the mid-19th Century up to 1918. Works on any earlier eras that we may have are listed here as well.

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Rudofsky, Bernard, Streets for People: A Primer for Americans, Garden City, NY, Doubleday & Company Inc., 1969, stated first edition, 4to (10.5" x 7.5"), HB, 1/4 black and khaki brown cloth w/ gilt spine titles in a pictorial dust jacket. Book design (and much of the photography) is by the author., VG / G. Previous owner.

351 pp., index. Profusely illustrated w/ b&w photos and drawings; 8 in color. Unique examination of streets from all over the world, in contrast to American streets, focusing on the pedestrian rather than the automotive. With his characteristic wit, originality, and felicity of phrase, the author leads the reader though a maze of pedestrian walkways - canopies streets, bridges, elevated streets, arcades - from Venice to Vienna, Paris to Dubrovnik, Marrakech to Tokyo. Rudofsky argues that the perfect street is a harmonoius space and shows how canopied streets, bridges, elevated streets and arcades are 'volumetric, rhythmic, textured and the natural location for arguing, running, singing, courting and eating'. From the rear jacket: "Bernard Rudofsky, a confirmed peripatetic, is singularly qualifed to write about the unexplored subject of streets. He has lived in the world's great cities while, literally the going was still good:in the Vienna of better days, Constantinople before its Westernization, Rio de Janeiro during the 'thirties, six years in Italian towns, two years in Japanese ones, to mention only his prolonged sojourns. Since 1935, he has been, interruptedly, a resident of New York, with time off abroad to recover from its grimness."     [Book ID # 1247]


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