URSI 110--The City

Renaissance & Baroque

Key Ideas:

  • Humanism (“Man is the measure of all things”) 1, 2
  • Classical learning rediscovered
  • Walls useless for defense (gunpowder)
  • Age of Discovery—re-opening to the world
  • Radial planning (space is not bound, but is continuous “ray”)
  • Plaza/piazza/platz/place
  • Revival of the dome & lantern
  • Baroque (extreme ornamentation, “trempe l’oeil”)

City Form

Public Buildings


Residential/Daily Life


2006 A.J.Filipovitch
Revised 7 November 06