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  • collage city
    1984

    colin rowe and fred koetter’s pivotal work analyzes urban fabric by comparing existing urban structures to those proposed by modernist architects and planners. The essay tries to find a balance between nostalgia for the past and a total embrace of the ‘future,’ while identifying factors and devices that have been built up and fused together over time to create some of the influential cities of europe.

  • mathematics of the ideal villa
    1982

    this classic collection includes the influential title essay and colin ROWE and robert slutzky’s pivotal “transparency: literal and phenomenal.” the book features essays comparing palladio to le corbusier, mannerism to modernism, and neoclassicism to modernism.

    mit PRESS: in these essays ROWE makes the history of ideas into a dramatic theatre and he prods the polemics, theories and orthodox histories of modern architecture onto its stage. here they’re launched on clashing courses and their irresoluble conflicts played out among the set pieces of the modern movement.