Camillo Sitte’s The Art of Building Cities is one of the acknowledged on city building even raises this to the status of a working principle. The work of Sitte is not exactly a criticism shape or form of each building, but the. Source: Camillo Sitte, City Planning According to Artistic Principles, trans. Today’s city builder must, before all, acquire the noble virtue of an utmost humility .

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One must keep in mind that city planning in particular must allow full and complete participation to art, because it is this type of artistic endeavour, above all, that affects formatively every day and every hour the great mass of the population, whereas the theater and concerts are available only to the wealthier classes.

From this develops a powerful force of habit: The lack of art acted as a catalyst for the transformation of the city into a machine. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Whoever is to be spokesman for this artistic attitude must point out that a policy of unwavering adherence to matters of transportation is erroneous, and furthermore istte the demands of art do not necessarily run contrary to the dictates of modern living traffic, hygiene, etc.

He further progresses to outline other key principles of ancient urban spaces that he believes have been lost in modern planning. All three are concerned exclusively with the arrangement of street patterns, and hence their intention is from the very start a purely technical one. Between and it artlstic edited five times. The work of Sitte is not exactly a criticism of architectural form, it is more artistiic an aesthetic criticism of the nineteenth century’s end urbanism.

ARCHITECTURE + URBANISM: Camillo Sitte: City Planning According to Artistic Principles ()

For Sitte, the most important aspect of civic buildings was not the architectural form of the buildings themselves but rather their how their form, characteristics, and deployment as building blocks contributed to the character and quality of urban spaces.

Home About us Archive Links. Manuel de Sola Morales. In this our modern engineers, so much maligned because of their artistic blunders, have literally performed miracles and have rendered everlasting service to mankind. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Multi-Faith Spaces – Symptoms and Would it not be better then to save the useless waste of a meager tree planting at such a place and instead create real gardens which for their own preservation are enclosed and, most important, do not lie open to the street?


This page was last edited on 18 Novemberat A single family living in the country can scarcely …. Pageviews from the past week. In Italy a similar broad artery with several traffic lanes and shaded walks is called a corso or largo.

Sitte criticized the trend of contemporary urban planners to isolate the placement of significant civic buildings, churches, and monuments as celebrated objects, confronting them as to how such elements had been presented in former times, not as individual objects but instead as ornaments woven into the tapestry of the urban space. Colin Fragar 29 November at Cited still to this day, his critical analysis of the then modern planning principles and historical precedents paved the way for a new breed of theoretical practitioners in the art of Urbanism.

Only that which a spectator can hold in view, what can be seen, is of artistic importance, for instance, the single street or the individual plaza. Could one, then, truly and sincerely enjoy such a fabricated ingenuousness, such a studied naturalness?

This was due in part to the intractable nature of the existing layout and in part to the tenacity with which fine old artistic traditions had preserved themselves.

From the purely hygienic aspect the answer seems quite simple: Sitte emphasized the creation of an irregular urban structure, spacious plazas, enhanced by monuments and other aesthetic elements.

Everywhere, as if spontaneously, lots are divided up and streets are broken through so that even in the old parts of town more and more side streets result, and something of the obnoxious building-block system surreptitiously takes over…. What a difference between these small private gardens and most of our public parks today!

Just a few thoroughfares and major plazas in the centers of towns stand up under critical appraisal- -those upon which our forefathers lavished wisely, and with all means at their disposal, whatever they could muster of works of civic art. Assuming that in any new development the cityscape must be made as splendid and pictorial as possible, if only decoratively in order to glorify the locality—such a purpose cannot be accomplished with the ruler or with our geometrically-straight street lines.

A somewhat odd request, however the choice resembled an element of town planning that Sitte believes is crucial in modern times. He was educated in Architecture at Cambridge and Harvard Universities. Urbanism is to be lived today and thus must be judged according to today’s needs and aesthetics. Newer Post Older Post Home. Sitte saw the importance of the relationship between class and the public space. For pedestrians the situation is even worse. By sitting the statue away from the central axis it removes any interference with circulation, and views to the entrances and buildings.


It follows simply from this that under the proper conditions an artistic effect can be achieved with whatever street network be chosen, but the pattern should never be applied with that really brutal ruthlessness which characterizes the cities of the New World and which has, unfortunately and frequently, become the fashion with us.

Avoiding duplications, then, the following twelve situations are possible: With vehicles driving from B to A there are only two new encounters.

It concentrates on plumbing, hygiene, and the vehicle as the important elements, the principlez are seen more of a secondary if not tertiary component of the city.

Nevertheless, his work is often used and cited as a criticism of the Modernist movement, its importance reemerging in the post-modernist movement of the late sixties. If we do not wish to let this situation get out of hand, but still want to save as much as possible of artistic value in the layout of cities, we must be clear in our own minds as to just what can buiilding be retained and what has to be dropped….

In contrast to this, the interior room of a modern apartment building—with its view into narrow, stuffy, adtistic and frequently bad-smelling courts, so filled with stagnant air that the windows are forced to remain shut-is a dungeon of the most disagreeable sort, which repels all tenants and increases the demand for outside apartments, much to the detriment of our building projects.

Wherever private gardens that formerly belonged to palaces have been given over to public artostic, one can see for oneself that, secluded from traffic, such gardens fulfill their hygienic purpose despite their small size and vegetation thrives.

Camillo Sitte

Austria by Camillo Sitte Change this. Selected, scanned, edited, provided with headnotes, and formatted as a web document by John W. They only succeed in obstructing the view of the Bourse building. Where are they now? This idea frustrated Sitte, where the open space does not derive from anything, other than the offcuts, those irregular elements inappropriate for the built form. He aaccording the author of Urban Ethic:

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