Towns are complicated places. It is therefore not surprising that from the beginnings of urban development, towns and town life have been regulated. Whether the basis of regulation was imposed or agreed, ultimately it was necessary to have a law-based system to ensure that disagreements could be arbitrated upon and rules obeyed. The literature on urban regulation is dispersed about a large number of academic specialisms. However, for the most part, the interest in urban regulation is peripheral to some other core study and, consequently, there are few texts which bring these detailed studies together. This book provides perspectives across the period between the high medieval and the end of the nineteenth century, and across a geographical breadth of European countries from Scandinavia to the southern fringes of the Mediterranean and from Turkey to Portugal. It also looks at the way in which urban regulation was transferred and adapted to the colonial empires of two of those nations.
1. Building Regulations and Urban Form: An Introduction Terry R. Slater and Sandra M.G. Pinto 2. Islamic Building Regulations: The Fourteenth-Century Tunis Book and its Counterparts Mohd Dani Muhamad 3. Regulation of Private Building Activity in Medieval Lisbon Sandra M.G. Pinto 4. Policies and Regulations in the Forming of Late-Medieval Trogir (Croatia) Ana Plosnić Škarić 5. Streets and the Commune: Italy in the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance David Friedman 6. Building Regulations and Urban Development in Antwerp and Bruges, 1200-1700 Heidi Deneweth 7. Building Regulations and Urban Development in Late Medieval Elburg and Early Modern Amsterdam Jaap Evert Abrahamse and Reinout Rutte 8. Early Modern Building Regulation in England: Midland Towns, 1400–1800 Terry R. Slater 9. Beautifying the City and Improving the Streets with Building Permits: Lyons, 1580–1770 Bernard Gauthiez and Olivier Zeller 10. Risk, (In)Security, Regulation and Architecture in Nouvelle France André Bélanger and Anne Bordeleau 11. The Politics of Health: Urban Regulation and Planning in the Spanish Colonies During the Eighteenth Century Claudia Murray 12. Regulating the Growth of Dublin, 1750–1850 Rob Goodbody 13. The Development of Ottoman Urban Regulations: Istanbul, 1700–1900 Işıl Çokuğraş and C. İrem Gençer 14. Construction Regulations in Athens, 1833–1864: Creating a Metropolis Dora Monioudi-Gavala 15. Building Regulations in Livonian Towns and Their Impact on Local Urban Space 1697–1904 Mart Siilivask