The Continuous City

The Continuous City

Fourteen Essays on Architecture and Urbanization

The architect as hunter-gatherer: Lars Lerup and his concept of the modern city.



Title Information

Lars Lerup. With a preface by Jesús Vassallo

1st edition

, 2017


220 pages, 21 b/w illustrations

14.5 x 21.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-066-4

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.


Other titles in the Architecture at Rice series:

Seamless: Digital Collage and Dirty Realism in Contemporary Architecture

Totalization: Speculative Practice in Architectural Education

Epics in the Everyday: Photography, Architecture, and the Problem of Realism

Nueva Vivienda: New Housing Paradigms in Mexico

System of Novelties: Dawn Finley and Mark Wamble, Interloop—Architecture

Authors & Editors

Lars Lerup

 has been a Professor at and Dean of Rice School of Architecture in Houston, Texas, 1993–2009. Before his tenure at Rice he has taught for many years at University of California Berkeley. He currently holds a teaching and reserach appointment at Humboldt University’s Hermann von Helmholtz Center for Cultural Techniques in Berlin.

Jesús Vassallo

 is a Spanish architect and writer, and an assistant professor at Rice University’s School of Architecture in Houston, TX.