His Majesty the Pick: The Aesthetics of Demolition

Kostof, Spiro
June 1982
Design Quarterly;1982, Issue 118/119, p32
The article focuses on the importance of the involvement of people in the development of their environment in the U.S. Accordingly, the paper traces the history of city planning through a discussion of Baron Georges Haussmann's Paris and Benito Mussolini's Rome. It also warns against what can happen when politicians and architects try to impose total schemes without regard for the cultural history and evolutionary nature of cities.


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