The City as an Object: Thoughts on The Form of the City – Peter Trummer

Peter Trummer discusses the form of the city in the article named as ‘The City as an Object.’ While reading the article, the main objective is somehow a summary of previous approaches to the city. Definition of aggregation of city that is discussed through pages is coming from Alberti’s approach on city.  Alberti stated that city is a large house and the house is a small city. Since the building or houses are aggregated objects and since Alberti says that city as a large house that’s why city is also an aggregated object.

After saying ‘object’ to the city, there are 2 subtitles by undermining and overmining the city as an object. The first one explains that when we undermine the objects, their atoms and molecules give us a deeper understanding of that object. Le Corbusier dedicated the city by reducing its elements and representing it as biological cells. Second one is explaining it can be seen as phenomenological approach to city. Aldo Rossi’s approach were given as an example to this approach since he defines the city as artifacts and beyond it such as the memory and so on.

The city as an object can be examined 5 different ways. The city as a circle, a grid, archipelago, a solid and an aggregated object. As I understand, each of the 4 ways are coming together at the part of the city as an aggregated object. City as a circle was the basic model of the city. It is said in the article as an aggregate consist of many buildings. Also, the pictures below can be helpful in order to understand how those for approach can be defined as aggregation.

 

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