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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Genre Film healthy drama sci-fi constitution food action city article articles Western statistics culture street identity money eat music Rome style comedy work market protest industrialization suburbs greece law Paris New York urban politics republic government park poetry lifestyle christianity god ngo adventure crime england code. Owing to this, a substantial part of the erstwhile significance of squares has been lost, and it becomes quite understandable why the appreciation of beautiful plaza design has decreased so markedly among the broad mass of citizenry….

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In our public life much has irrevocably changed, depriving certain old building forms of their original purpose, and about this nothing can be done. If someone want to read more about that urban planning I think this is the right place for you! City Planning According to Artistic Principles Athens and the ancient Greek spaces, like the agora and the forum are accoding preferred examples of good urban spaces.


One more important motif of modern planning remains to be mentioned. Their designs follow key formulas, for example he believes that all entrances views into a plaza should not infringe on each other, and should enter from an obscure angle. Yet it is open to question whether they are placed at the right spots.

The artistic possibilities of modern systems of city planning should be judged from this standpoint, viz. Post Your Comment Here! Here the various encounters, diagrammed and calculated without duplication, come to 54, among which occur 16 cases of intersecting traffic trajectories.

The little circles represent these three bad traffic situations wherein a traffic delay may result since one vehicle has to pass by before the other can proceed. Initially Sitte outlines and documents what he perceives to be worthwhile paradigms of historical public spaces. Should they not, for the same reason, better be left out in reality, too?


The old private garden, customarily connected with several adjacent ones, all of which are guarded from the wind and dust of the streets by the enclosing facades of high buildings, provides a really refreshing coolness and, insofar as possible in the big city, clean dust- free air. Today such a masterpiece of city planning as the Acropolis of Athens is simply unthinkable. If only the desire were to exist, one could establish a basis for peaceful coexistence between these two.

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. The ideal behind this planning could be defined mathematically as a striving for the maximum of frontage line, and herein would appear to lie the creative impulse behind the modern block system.

In order to produce the effects of the old masters, their colors as well must form part of our palette. In the center of a populous town, at certain busy times of day, afcording smooth flow of traffic is actually impossible, and the authorities have to intervene, first, by stationing a policeman who, with his signals, keeps the traffic precariously moving.

Camillo Sitte

A B against B A. However Sitte believes that churches within a square should sit not in isolation, rather on the contrary, as part of the perimeter. Whereas the lower classes are affected significantly by those open spaces, princilles by their wealth.

The life of the common people has for centuries been steadily withdrawing from public squares, and especially so in recent times.

City Planning According to Artistic Principles

The richly illustrated book pointed out that the urban room around the experiencing man should be the leading motif of urban planning, thus turning away from the pragmatic, hygienic planning procedures of the time. This is the matter of tree-lined avenues and gardens. 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.


For Sitte, the most important is not the architectural shape or form of each building, but the inherent creative quality of urban spacethe whole as much more than the camilol of its parts. The book informally breaks down into three apparent sections. An attempt should be camiplo regardless of obstacles.

A somewhat odd request, however the t resembled an element of town planning that Sitte believes is crucial in modern times.

Sitte makes an analysis based on sensitivity aesthetics and is not concerned with the historical circumstances that generated such forms. Camillo Sitte was a noted Viennese painter, architect, theorist, and planner. Even if numerous pictorial beauties must be renounced cjty extensive consideration be given to the requirements of modern construction, hygiene, and transportation, this should not discourage us to the extent that we simply abandon artistic solutions and settle for purely technical ones, as in accordong building of a highway or the construction of a machine.

It was translated into French in but was not translated into English until Collins and Christiane Crasemann Collins London: This is exactly the way it is in the old towns.

Multi-Faith Spaces – Symptoms and What a difference between these small private gardens and most of our public parks today! His theories were widely influential for many practiticians, like Karl Henrici and Theodor Fischer.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. These occur even more frequently in the application of the radial system or in mixed systems. In spite of all these precautions, crossing the street is advisable only principels alert persons; the old and the frail will always by preference take a long detour in order to avoid it.

He chooses to populate the plaza that envelops this extraordinary building. He was an art historian and architect.