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The Largest Art

How do we reconcile the incremental nature of urban design with the perception of the process being a scaled-up architectural endeavor?

In The Largest Art: A Measured Manifesto for a Plural Urbanism (MIT Press), DUSP's Brent Ryan, posits that urban design transcends the architectural scale, outlining a foundational theory that allows urban design to evolve independently through the lens of pluralism, exploring urban design projects' plurality of scales, time, form, and ownership.

Ryan delves into three famous urban design projects - a Brancusi sculptural ensemble in Romania, a Bronx housing project, and a formally and spatially diverse grouping of projects in Ljubljana, Slovenia - to illustrate how the lens of pluralism liberates these projects from the conventional perception of static sites, allowing for change, diversity, incrementally, and multiplicity inherent to urban spaces.

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