The Continuous City

Fourteen Essays on Architecture and Urbanization

The architect as hunter-gatherer: Lars Lerup and his concept of the modern city.



Title Information

Lars Lerup. With a preface by Jesús Vassallo

1st edition

, 2017


220 pages, 21 b/w illustrations

14.5 x 21.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-066-4

Architecture at Rice


Swedish-American architect Lars Lerup‘s writings suggest a mindful collector as their author, rather than a scholar and theoretician. Lerup sharply observes and analyses his urban environment and its properties before adding his findings to his own theory of the modern city.

The fourteen essays in The Continuous City—written independently as self-contained pieces yet forming a coherent entity—offer a survey of Lerup’s thinking on identity and monumentality are the relationship between nature and culture. His interest and reflections focus, among other things, on Roberto Burle Marx, a founder of modern landscape design; the “dancing floors” of Rem Koolhaas’s Seattle Central Library; Herzog & de Meuron’s 1111 Lincoln Road project in Miami Beach; or the character of urban icons like Coop Himmelb(l)au’s Dalian International Conference Center.

Lars Lerup invites his readers to join him on his journey and to be enriched, rather than instructed, en route.

Authors & Editors

Lars Lerup

 has been a Professor at and Dean of Rice School of Architecture in Houston, Texas, 1993–2009. Before his tenure at Rice he has taught for many years at University of California Berkeley. He currently holds a teaching and reserach appointment at Humboldt University’s Hermann von Helmholtz Center for Cultural Techniques in Berlin.

Jesús Vassallo

 is a Spanish architect and writer, and an assistant professor at Rice University’s School of Architecture in Houston, TX.