Type and Context in Urbanism: Colin Rowe’e Contextualism (Nueva York, 1979)

Dentro de la euforia por el contextualismo los ensayos sobre el trabajo de Colin Rowe fueron muy comunes, uno de ellos fue escrito por William Ellis para la revista Oppositions. En él, Ellis hacía un análisis crítico sobre la construcción del pensamiento de Rowe: su postura política, sus estrategias de composición y diseño, sus escritos y sus proyectos de ciudades.

“Rowe’s early projects show how his compositional strategies develop between resolution, collage, and collision, through a process using figure-ground and the composite fragment. These strategies and this process imply definite consequences with respect to (1) the general argument between type and context; (2) the concept of total design versus incremental change; (3) the newly refurbished concept of scenographic monumentality in urbanism; and (4) the ultimate effect of deductive, hypothetical process of urban design on everyday urban reality. These subjects form the basis of the following analysis.”

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