Court & garden: from the French hôtel to the city of modern architecture

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MIT Press, 1986 - Architecture - 285 pages
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Court & Garden explores the social, psychological, and especially the formal transformations that led architects to trade the city of public space for the city of private icons. This detailed history of the French h(tel - an aristocratic town house developed largely in Paris between 1550 and 1800 - reveals the h(tel to be a sophisticated instrument of urbanism that both chronicles the demise of the public realm and offers architectural techniques for reconstructing a spatially rich city. Michael Dennis is a practicing architect. He has taught and lectured widely, and was the 1986 Thomas Jefferson Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia. A Graham Foundation Book.

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Using the hôtels and squares of Paris from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries, Dennis tracks changes in understandings of urban space and the public realm among architects and city ... Read full review

Court & garden: from the French hôtel to the city of modern architecture

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This is a specialized account of architecture in the modern period (since 1750) by a practicing architect and professor of architecture at Harvard. Dennis's text is aimed at the architectural ... Read full review


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