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You Have to Pay for the Public Life - Selected Essays of Charles W Moore

You Have to Pay for the Public Life - Selected Essays of Charles W Moore

By Charles W. Moore
Publisher: The MIT Press
Number Of Pages: 432
Publication Date: 2001-04-23
ISBN-10 / ASIN: 0262133733
ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780262133739

Book Description:
Architect Charles Moore (1925-1993) was not only celebrated
for his designs; he was also an admired writer and teacher.
Though he wrote clearly and passionately about places, he was
perhaps unique in avoiding the tone and stance of the personal
manifesto. Through his buildings, books, and travels, Moore
consistently sought insights into the questions that always
underlie architecture and design: What does it mean to make a
place, and how do we inhabit those places? How do we continue
to build upon but respect the landscape? How do we reconcile
democracy and private land ownership? What is original? What
is taste? What is the relationship between past and present?
How do we involve inhabitants in making places? Finally, what
is public life? As the world becomes smaller, and the
uniqueness of places and landscapes gives way to sameness,
Moore's celebration of the vernacular and of the surprising are
more relevant than ever. The pieces in this book span the years
1952 to 1993 and engage a myriad of topics and movements, such
as contextualism, community participation, collaboration,
environmentally sensitive design, and historic preservation.
The essays in this book reflect as well Moore's scholarship,
humanism, urbanity, and great wit.

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