The Continuous City
Fourteen Essays on Architecture and Urbanization
The architect as hunter-gatherer: Lars Lerup and his concept of the modern city.
1st edition, 2017
220 pages, 21 b/w illustrations
14.5 x 21.5 cm
Architecture at Rice
Swedish-American architect Lars Lerup‘s writings suggest a mindful collector as their author, rather than a scholar and theoretician. Lerup sharply observes and analyses his urban environment and its properties before adding his findings to his own theory of the modern city.
The fourteen essays in The Continuous City—written independently as self-contained pieces yet forming a coherent entity—offer a survey of Lerup’s thinking on identity and monumentality are the relationship between nature and culture. His interest and reflections focus, among other things, on Roberto Burle Marx, a founder of modern landscape design; the “dancing floors” of Rem Koolhaas’s Seattle Central Library; Herzog & de Meuron’s 1111 Lincoln Road project in Miami Beach; or the character of urban icons like Coop Himmelb(l)au’s Dalian International Conference Center.
Lars Lerup invites his readers to join him on his journey and to be enriched, rather than instructed, en route.