Architecture of Analogy

The City is like a large House

Posted in Discourse, PhD by Cameron McEwan on October 4, 2011
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McEwan C (2011) Tenement Housing Type Perth [Photomontage

Ordinary housing largely forms what we call the built environment, the city. Italian architect Aldo Rossi said that the city is built around fixed points, “monuments.” These are large collective elements surrounded by ordinary housing. In the 1966 The Architecture of the City Rossi developed a theoretical framework for the typology of buildings and their relationship to the city writing, “the study of the individual dwelling offers one of the best means of studying the city and vice versa.” The dwelling is thus both individual and collective. It refers to both itself; and analogically to the wider city, like Alberti’s analogy.

 

This article was first published in the Brick issue of Mat.zine edited by Ryan McLoughlin.

 

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  1. June McEwan said, on October 24, 2011 at 20:51

    You need to look at Crieff analitically. It’s in a bit of a state. There’s a bunch of student planners (34 of them – from Dundee!), surveying the town, but I fear recommendation of a bypass…

    • Cameron McEwan said, on October 24, 2011 at 21:31

      A bypass? that doesn’t sound like a thoughtful response…. At the moment, I can’t really look at Crieff, though. It’s maybe a future project.
      I wonder if you could contact the student planners and offer your own recommendation as someone who knows Crieff intimately!

  2. Cities | Pearltrees said, on March 19, 2012 at 10:41

    […] Ordinary housing largely forms what we call the built environment, the city. The City is like a large House « The Architecture of Analogy […]


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