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Berlin Genova: City-Street-House Jovis, 2005.112pp. £16.25

Praising Philippe Panerai's Urban Forms: The Death and Life of the Urban Block, David Dunster remarked how the decay of urban blocks in favour of Modernist objects has made streets 'mere corridors of transit instead of social spaces' (AJ 29.07.04). Berlin Genova aims to reverse that trend and contribute to 'a new culture of civil urban architecture'.

It records a thoughtful student project in two cities where the block, in different ways, is still integral, the students designing adjacent buildings within strict parameters to form an 'ideal street' (in effect an ideal city).

Despite the Ungers-like Rationalism of several schemes, there is enough invention in plan, section and facade - an overall harmony without monotony - to make the case.

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