Passages: Explorations of the Contemporary City


146 pages
Contains Photos, Bibliography, Index
ISBN 1-55238-141-2
DDC 711'.4




Reviewed by James A. Love

James A. Love is a professor architecture and associate dean (Research
and Outreach) in the Faculty of Environmental Design and an adjunct
professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Calgary. His
latest publication is Recommended Practice of


Graham Livesey is the director of the Architecture Program at the
University of Calgary. He earned his architecture degree at McGill
University and subsequently returned to complete post-professional
studies under Alberto Perez-Gomez, Saidye Rosner Bronfman Professor in
the History and Theory of Architecture program. This book follows in the
tradition of scholarly essays by people connected in various ways with
that program. The philosophical stance, that postwar urban form will be
considered with the purpose of developing understanding rather than
condemning conditions, is explained in the first essay. An exploration
of buildings follows. Three essays address cities in terms of linguistic
structures of narrative, metaphor, and gesture. Another three address
cities in terms of topological structures of points, lines, and


Livesey, Graham., “Passages: Explorations of the Contemporary City,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 17, 2024,