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URBAN DESIGN: ORNAMENT AND DECORATION

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URBAN DESIGN: ORNAMENT AND DECORATION
Second Edition

Cliff Moughtin,Taner Oc and Steven Tiesdell

OXFORD AUCKLAND BOSTON JOHANNESBURG MELBOURNE NEW DELHI

Architectural Press An imprint of Butterworth-Heinemann Linacre House, Jordan Hill, Oxford OX2 8DP 225 Wildwood Avenue, Woburn, MA 01801-2041 A division of Reed Educational and Professional Publishing Ltd A member of the Reed Elsevier plc group First published 1995 Second Edition 1999 © Cliff Moughtin, Taner Oc, Steven Tiesdell 1995, 1999 Chapter 9 © Cliff Moughtin 1999 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any material form (including photocopying or storing in any medium by electronic means and whether or not transiently or incidentally to some other use of this publication) without the written permission of the copyright holder except in accordance with the provisions of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 or under the terms of a licence issued by the Copyright Licensing Agency Ltd, 90 Tottenham Court Road, London, England W1P 9HE. Applications for the copyright holder’s written permission to reproduce any part of this publication should be addressed to the publishers

British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library Library of Congress Cataloguing in Publication Data A catalogue record for this book is available from the Library of Congress ISBN 0 7506 4273 4

Composition by Scribe Design, Gillingham, Kent Printed in Great Britain

CONTENTS
Preface to the First Edition ........................................................................... Preface to the Second Edition ....................................................................... Acknowledgements ....................................................................................... 1 Theory and Philosophy of Ornament and Decoration ........................... 2 The Façade .............................................................................................. 3 The Corner .............................................................................................. 4 Skyline and Roofscape ............................................................................ 5 The City Floor ......................................................................................... vii ix xi 1 25 49 65 87

6 Landmarks, Sculpture and Furniture ....................................................... 103 7 Colour in the City ................................................................................... 133 8 Conclusion – The City of Today and Tomorrow: Ornament and Decoration................................................................................................. 145 9 Epilogue .................................................................................................. 157 Bibliography .................................................................................................. 175 Index ............................................................................................................. 179 v

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PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION

Attitudes to the embellishment of cities with ornament and decoration range from a puritanical iconoclasm that sees such embellishment as decadent and pernicious, to one of joyous pleasure in the experience of complex, intricate and extravagant patterning. The Modern Movement in architecture, epitomized by the writings of Le Corbusier, the pronouncements of CIAM, the work of the Bauhaus and the much criticized post Second World War city developments in Europe, North America and elsewhere, was a time when decoration in architecture was eschewed. We are now experiencing an attempt to rehumanize our cities aesthetically as well as tackling their social and economic problems. In this book we have adopted an...
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