The Art of the City by Raffaele MilaniThe Art of the City by Raffaele Milani

The Art of the City

byRaffaele Milani

Hardcover | December 12, 2017

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In The Art of the City Raffaele Milani reflects on the ways in which inhabitants of the cityscape have interacted on a spiritual, psychological, and philosophical level with the architecture that surrounds them. Working with the premise that the city has a "soul," which is externalized in the physical structures of its urban space, Milani expresses alarm in the face of sprawling megacities that typify the postmodern age and endanger the survival of cities' distinctiveness. While he laments that the nature surrounding cities is disappearing under concrete, his concern is counterbalanced by the realization that there are ongoing projects of urban reclamation, renewal, and reutilization aimed at preserving an ancient, almost mystical rapport between the citizen and the lived space. Milani illustrates his argument by citing the works of modern architects including Emilio Ambasz, Massimiliano Fuksas, Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, Kisho Kurokawa, Daniel Libeskind, and Renzo Piano. Rather than a history of architecture, The Art of the City is a compelling and timely reflection on the important challenge of insuring the continued liveability and aesthetic valorization of public spaces.
Raffaele Milani is professor of aesthetics at the University of Bologna and the author of The Art of the Landscape. Corrado Federici has translated several books and taught Italian language and literature for over forty years in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Brock University.
Title:The Art of the CityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:206 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:December 12, 2017Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0773551336

ISBN - 13:9780773551336

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"In The Art of the City, Raffaele Milani has written a passionate and learned book, the fruit of long elaboration, wherein his profound skill allows him to describe and discuss with elegance and authority the most complex topics concerning urban planning." Rosita Copioli, author of The Blazing Lights of the Sun