Architecture in Transition by Constantinos A. Doxiadis (Hutchinson of London, 1963/1964) polemizes the role of the architect in the changing society especially as regards urbanisation and the quality of urban life.
I can find no better way to describe our cities than as an urban nightmare. If we want to speak about architecture we cannot think merely of buildings isolated in the countryside; such buildings are seldom erected nowadays, but even when they do occur they are gradually taken over by the expanding cities. In any case, to think of isolated buildings is really to evade the main question related to architecture, for architecture does in fact lead towards the formation of cities.
It does not matter whether we look at our cities from the air who we see their irrational plan, from a car on a highway or a congested street, as pedestrians on a use sidewalk or from the inside or outside of a block of buildings; we always have the same impression of living in a nightmare.
– Constantinos A. Doxiadis, Architecture in Transition, p.19
The text is in English. The book has been illustrated with black-and-white photographs, diagrams, and maps.
Our copy in stock is in nice condition. The pages are clean without any markings, except for some pencil markings on the front fly leaf; the binding is fine. There is some age-related yellowing on the edges of the pages. The dust-jacket has some signs of shelf wear and use, it is partly a bit edge worn, and it has a couple of tears.