Contextualism: From Urbanism to a Theory of Appropriate Form (Chicago, 1987)

En la época en la que el contextualismo ya era una rama del movimiento posmoderno, los discípulos de Colin Rowe salieron en defensa de lo que ellos habían propuesto como ‘contextualismo’ muchos años antes. Les parecía que había un malentendido entre sus intenciones iniciales de proporcionar estrategias para construir en ciudades, y la teoría que se estaba formando para la construcción de ciudades (que muchas veces terminaba en copias formales).

“What Rowe and his students sought were urban design strategies that were realistic in scope and possible today. Contextualism was one of these formal strategies along with ‘collage’ and the resolution of ‘collisions’ between areas of urban fabric.”

En su artículo Contextualism, Cohen intentaba aclarar la equívoca concepción del contextualismo que, según él, estaba dañando las ciudades (al contrario que la suya, que buscaba fortalecerlas).

“The measure of their contextualism or anti-contextualism is not the degree to which they actually reconfigured the city but the degree of their physical integration into the resulting form. Do they suggest that they had always been a part of the city, and do they suggest that they are part of a larger underlying order?”

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