Leon Krier – The Architectural Tuning of Traditional Settlement

Léon Krier (born 7 April 1946 in Luxembourg, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg) is an architect, architectural theorist and urban planner. From the late 1970s onwards Krier has been one of the most influential neo-traditional architects and planners. He is best known for his on going development of Poundbury, an urban extension to Dorchester, UK for the Duchy of Cornwall under the guidance of Prince of Wales and his Masterplan for Cayalá, an extension of Guatemala City. He is one of the first and most prominent critics of the architectural modernism, mainly of its functional zoning and the ensuing suburbanism, campaigning for the reconstruction of the traditional European city model. These ideas had a great influence on the New Urbanism movement, both in the USA and Europe. The most complete compilation of them is published in his book “The Architecture of Community”. Léon Krier is the younger brother of architect Rob Krier.

Krier acts as architectural consultant on urban planning projects but only designs buildings of his personal choice. Amongst his best known realizations are the temporary façade at the 1980 Venice Biennale; the Krier house in the resort village of Seaside, Florida, USA (where he also advised on the masterplan); the Arqueological Museum [2] of Sintra, Portugal; the Windsor Village Hall Florida; the Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center[1] on the campus of the University of Miami in Miami, Florida; and the new Neighbourhood Center Città Nuova in Alessandria, Italy. Currently Leon Krier is involved in the planning for the reconstruction of Tor Bella Monaca, a degraded suburb of Rome. More >>>

UM School of Architecture Lectures: The Architectural Tuning of Traditional Settlement.

by University of Miami

In German: Léon Krier (* 1946 in Luxemburg) ist ein Architekt, Architekturtheoretiker und Stadtplaner aus Luxemburg. Er ist einer der bedeutendsten Vertreter der neorationalistischen und neoklassizistischen Architektur des späten 20. Jahrhunderts, vor allem durch seine provokanten theoretischen Beiträge zum Thema Städtebau und Stadtplanung. Sein Bruder Rob Krier ist ebenfalls ein bedeutender Architekt der Postmoderne.

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