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Kostoff’s description on factors that make his view to the cities
distinct from others is that he seeks comprehensive understanding of the
culture of people in charge of designing a city. Architects designing an
urban center consider the economic activity and possibility of some
features in the urban centers either enhancing or discouraging social
interaction (Kostoff, 1991).
Many architects depend on acquiring the history of a city from
historical records and present physical appearance of an urban area.
However, Kostoff focuses on acquiring the reasoning that initial
designers of a city followed. He achieves this by considering
topography, location of distinct features such as private and public
lands, as well as, and architectural implication intended when
incorporating cultural and historical features. Moreover, his approach
to urban planning does consider the “urban process”. This refers to
projected changes that an architect expects from the initial design as a
city develops (Kostof, 1991). This means architects should leave
expansion space that will facilitate growth of a city as the population
Urban form is the urban structure and appearance of a city. On the other
hand, urban process involves the development of a rural land into a city
as people continue migrating into a prevailing small town. Urban form
differs from urban process because it refers to the physical outlook of
a town (Kostof, 1991).
According to Spiro Kristoff, “Cities are places distinguished by some
kind of monumental definition, that is, where the fabric is more than a
blanket of residences.” This implies that a city exists since it has
some form of orderliness. In order for a city to withstand the test of
time, an architect requires getting involved in the planning so that
they can predict prospective population development and preparation for
feasible changes. The planning team should consider migration and rate
of natural population growth, employment services available, and culture
of people, essential recreational facilities, roads, shopping centers,
education centers and situation of other general amenities. Effective
planning of an urban region makes it possible to accommodate extra
facilities and buildings people will need several years afterwards
(fKostof, 1991). Kristoff associates the success of urban development to
the original planning of an urban place.
Kostof, S. (1991). The city shaped: Urban patterns and meanings through
history. Boston: Little, Brown.