The Continuous City
The architect as hunter-gatherer: Lars Lerup and his concept of the modern city.
1st edition, 2017
Text in English
220 pages, 21 b/w illustrations
14.5 x 21.5 cm
Architecture at Rice
This book gathers writings by Swedish American architect Lars Lerup, in which he sharply observes and analyzes the urban environment around him, then applies those findings to develop innovative theories about the modern city. Though the fourteen essays in the book were written as standalone pieces, together they cohere into a larger project that surveys Lerup’s thinking about identity, monumentality, and the relationship between nature and culture. He considers influential modern landscape designer Roberto Burle Marx, the “dancing floors” of Rem Koolhaas’s Seattle Central Library, Herzog & de Meuron’s 1111 Lincoln Road project in Miami Beach, the character of urban icons like Coop Himmelb(l)au’s Dalian International Conference Center, and much more.
Lars Lerup invites his readers to join him on his journey and to be enriched, rather than instructed, en route.