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Colin Rowe, theorist and Gold Medallist, dies

The contribution made to urbanism by Colin Rowe, who died last week, was decisive. Building beautiful cities does not depend on theory, data, sociology or politics, all of which are the products of individual cities configured in particular ways. Following Camillo Sitte, Rowe convinced all those who, night after night, listened to his Olympian monologues, that empirical evidence and real examples are a better way to do it. Cities have to be beautiful. It doesn't matter if they don't ...

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