In a lavishly illustrated new book, Space & Anti-Space: The Fabric of Place, City, and Architecture (Oro Editions), Peterson and Littenberg present the revival of Lower Manhattan as a testament to the continuing appeal of traditional urbanism. It turns out that the structure laid down by Dutch traders in 17th-century New Amsterdam accommodates 21st-century New Yorkers remarkably well.

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Barbara and Steven:

I have a copy already and agree it is a spectacular work, both timely and thought provoking. The drawings are superb, especially the analytical sketches that support the big ideas. The final chapter on the Taxonomy of urbanism is a great learning tool for my students.

I would love to write a review.

Let's talk soon

Best regards

John Ellis

A Landmark Work of

Architecture and Urbanism

Michael Dennis

Urban Design in a

Time of Anti-Space

Philip Langdon


Space & Anti-Space is a cogent, stimulating, explication of forty years of ideas and competition-winning urban projects by CNU Athena Award winners Steven Peterson and Barbara Littenberg. Unlike many books on urbanism that favor either theory or practice, Space & Anti-Space is a compendium that is thick with the integration of ideas and urban projects. Heavily illustrated and graphically flamboyant, the book is a must for architects, urban designers, planners, and students.

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Comments and praise

Rendering: Michael McCann

Rendering: Michael McCann

Barbara and Steven:

Thank you so very much for the magnificent book! It turned out even far more beautiful than I ever could have imagined. I think that the initial back and forth and hesitations as how to define this very complex book found an extraordinary conclusion thanks to your tenacity and uncompromising precision, as well as your outstanding patience and diligence. The book looks splendid and very fresh and intriguing; both essays and projects remain challenging, inspiring, and immensely actual; they cover vast swaps of unexplored theory and practice and I believe them to be truly Classics, both innovative and lots of solid common ground which present the foundational mythology and science of both tradition and modernity.

I always loved your projects and wished they were to be built in good solid tectonics and durable materials! I always loved the crisp, precise and radical poetics of your architecture and urbanism and admire the way they work together beautifully. I never agreed with the New Urbanists that you can separate Architecture and Urbanism, though obviously I know that there can be subtle dialectics, contradictions, contrasts and  complementarities, but I think your works are more the kind of Gesamtkunstwerk where it would be detrimental to dissociate architecture, urbanism, landscaping and even interior design.

Having been in Paris last weekend where the Quartier des Halles has never found really a glorious or even reasonably attractive form, I really wished I could have walked through your fascinating design...and so also for the World Trade Center area which I think is so far away from both its promise of a true memorial and true urban NY neighborhood despite some exciting architectural moves and gestures. What I understood from your design was just so much elegance, decency, deference, and urban and architectural intelligence of the highest standards! I hope the book will contribute to elevating your standing in the profession to the highest levels of acknowledgement and recognition!

With much love,

Lucien Steil