Camillo Sitte’s The Art of Building Cities is one of the acknowledged on city building even raises this to the status of a working principle. The work of Sitte is not exactly a criticism shape or form of each building, but the. Source: Camillo Sitte, City Planning According to Artistic Principles, trans. Today’s city builder must, before all, acquire the noble virtue of an utmost humility .

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Camillo Sitte

The uselessness of widely spaced greenery on streets and especially on public walks is demonstrated clearly enough by the fact that on hot summer days promenaders saunter not on these walks, but along the footways of the Ringstrasse, the avenues, etc. More importantly, he identified from a psychological viewpoint the importance of proportion to human scale as critical to the design of effective civic spaces. His diagrams, carefully drawn to scale, captured planimetrically the formal patterns of the urban spaces he studied.

Modern city planning is obliged to forego a significant number of artistic motifs. The exemplary creations of the old masters must remain alive with us in some other way than through slavish copying; only if we can determine in what the artistjc of these creations consist, and if we can apply these meaningfully to modern conditions, will it be possible to harvest a new and flourishing crop from the apparently sterile soil. Although only two major streets intersect perpendicularly on this octagonal plaza, one still finds strangers frequently turning into one of them to look for the street name or a familiar house, thus to regain their orientation.

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Manuel de Sola Morales. Mainly an urban planning theory book, it has a deep influence in architecture, as the two disciplines are deeply intertwined. This is reasonable because a street seldom crosses there, and even simple street openings are relatively infrequent. Multi-Faith Spaces – Symptoms and A somewhat odd request, however the choice resembled an element of town planning that Sitte believes is crucial in modern times.


But can the accidents of history over the course of centuries be invented and arttistic ex novo in the plan?

City Planning According to Artistic Principles

It was also highly successful in its time. Cancel reply Enter your comment here This idea frustrated Sitte, where the open space does not derive from anything, other than the offcuts, those irregular elements inappropriate for the built form. Modern naturalistic landscape painting is not suitable for monumental purposes; when it is used as a background for great mythological and religious representations or in the interiors of monumental buildings or churches, there necessarily arises an uncomfortable conflict between the Realism of style and the Idealism of subject matter, which no device, buildinv clever, can relieve.

The book informally breaks down into three apparent sections. The overwhelming majority of their side streets are artistically unimportant, and only the tourist in his accordihg predisposed mood finds them beautiful, because he likes everything he sees. Thus it happens that all these open modern parks fail completely in their hygienic purpose and are actually shunned by the public because of their dirt and heat, especially during the warm summer-time.

Camillo Sitte – Wikipedia

Different procedures were followed in various parts of the city, and, if nothing else, one can suggest that a certain remnant of Baroque tradition served as a common basis.

The striving for perspective effects has obviously continued, and we could designate as the backbone of the system the broad avenue closed off in the distance by a monumental structure…. Here the various encounters, diagrammed and calculated without duplication, come to 54, among which occur 16 cases of intersecting traffic trajectories. Regardless of how painful this may be to sensitive souls, the practical artist should not let himself be guided by sentimental impulses, because no artistic planning could be a thorough or lasting success unless it complied with modern living conditions.


However, as soon as the geometric pattern and the building block became dominant, art was forced into silence. The concept is taken further with the principle addressed to the positioning of churches. Sitte believed that the participation of art above all else affected those within a space.

It would, moreover, be quite short-signed not to recognize the extraordinary achievements of modern city planning in contrast to that of old in the field of hygiene. What a difference between these small private gardens and most of our public parks today!

ARCHITECTURE + URBANISM: Camillo Sitte: City Planning According to Artistic Principles ()

Wednesday, 21 November Camillo Sitte: It is above sjtte the enormous size to which our larger cities are growing that has shattered the framework of traditional artistic forms at every point.

The usual and most felicitous application is to be found in the residential sections of modern cities, as in the justly famous residential belt around Frankfurt a.

The design, functioning and future of urban situations is explored in written, drawn and modelled work which builds on the legacy of twentieth century urban theory and is artistiic towards the development of sustainable cities.

Vistas opening out along a thoroughfare, which the ancients avoided so artfully, have here been used as much as possible The traffic junction is also a junction of all lines of sight.