Fit: An Architect's Manifesto by Robert GeddesFit: An Architect's Manifesto by Robert Geddes

Fit: An Architect's Manifesto

byRobert Geddes

Paperback | October 28, 2012

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Fitis a book about architecture and society that seeks to fundamentally change how architects and the public think about the task of design. Distinguished architect and urbanist Robert Geddes argues that buildings, landscapes, and cities should be designed to fit: fit the purpose, fit the place, fit future possibilities. Fit replaces old paradigms, such as form follows function, and less is more, by recognizing that the relationship between architecture and society is a true dialogue--dynamic, complex, and, if carried out with knowledge and skill, richly rewarding.

With a tip of the hat to John Dewey,Fitexplores architecture as we experience it. Geddes starts with questions: Why do we design where we live and work? Why do we not just live in nature, or in chaos? Why does society care about architecture? Why does it really matter?Fitanswers these questions through a fresh examination of the basic purposes and elements of architecture--beginning in nature, combining function and expression, and leaving a legacy of form.

Lively, charming, and gently persuasive, the book shows brilliant examples of fit: from Thomas Jefferson's University of Virginia and Louis Kahn's Exeter Library to contemporary triumphs such as the Apple Store on New York's Fifth Avenue, Chicago's Millennium Park, and Seattle's Pike Place.

Fitis a book for everyone, because we all live in constructions--buildings, landscapes, and, increasingly, cities. It provokes architects and planners, humanists and scientists, civic leaders and citizens to reconsider what is at stake in architecture--and why it delights us.

Robert Geddesis an architect, urbanist, and teacher. He is dean emeritus of the Princeton School of Architecture; Henry Luce Professor Emeritus of Architecture, Urbanism, and History at New York University; and a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities and the National Academy of Design. The American Institute of Architects...
Title:Fit: An Architect's ManifestoFormat:PaperbackDimensions:136 pages, 8 × 4 × 0.98 inPublished:October 28, 2012Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0691155755

ISBN - 13:9780691155753

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

The Origin of Architecture Is Nature 11

The Task of Architecture Is Function & Expression 36

The Legacy of Architecture Is Form> 70

Notes 101

Index 107

Editorial Reviews

"The book is successful at explaining the concept of 'fit' and how we can go about making sure it is included in the design process. I agree that having a dialogue around this issue will improve the architectural landscape as it considers the impact building(s) will have years after being completed. . . . Geddes has inspired me to consider the symbiotic relationship humans have with architecture."--Isabelle Kim, Spacing