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Arquia/topics 34: "Introducción al urbanismo" (introduction to urban planning)

Urban planning for Marcel Poëte (1866-1950) is both science and art at the same time, which, together with statistical data, handles varied archive knowledge for the old city and many other documents for the modern city, a task that requires the use of chronicles, landscapes, local history, descriptions, etc., even literary works, in order to attain knowledge of the urban setting and then be able to intervene. The finding that the requirements of man are not just material and the existence of the ancient city as an interpretive category, together with the stimulation he drew from delving further into his studies on the most diverse sources, meant that this work would become the one whereby the author could set out his search for a method of analysis of the urban structure, a "science of observation" that would recognise the original traces of a settlement and rebuild the successive stages of development, providing a secure orientation for a future projection. His achievement was recognised, with it being considered one of the significant benchmarks for the construction of a rational theory of architecture rooted in the study of the relationships between urban analysis and architectural projects. All this as evidenced by Donatella Calabi in her preface to this edition.

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