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The Syntax of City Space
American Urban Grids





ISBN 9781138301573
Published March 19, 2018 by Routledge
244 Pages

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Many people see American cities as a radical departure in the history of town planning because of their planned nature based on the geometrical division of the land. However, other cities of the world also began as planned towns with geometric layouts so American cities are not unique. Why did the regular grid come to so pervasively characterize American urbanism? Are American cities really so different?

The Syntax of City Space: American Urban Grids by Mark David Major with Foreword by Ruth Conroy Dalton (co-editor of Take One Building) answers these questions and much more by exploring the urban morphology of American cities. It argues American cities do represent a radical departure in the history of town planning while, simultaneously, still being subject to the same processes linking the street network and function found in other types of cities around the world. A historical preference for regularity in town planning had a profound influence on American urbanism, which endures to this day.

 

Table of Contents

PART I 
FORMAL COMPOSITION 
1 The Regular Grid as Historical Object
2 The Regular Grid as Historical Subject 
3 The Essential Right Angle 
4 The Regular Grid in America 

PART II 
FORM AND SPACE 
5 The Spatial Logic of American Cities 
6 The Grid as Generator 

PART III 
SPATIAL CONFIGURATION 
7 Order and Structure in the Regular Grid 
8 Complexity and Pattern in the City 
9 Learning from the Grid 


Conclusion The Tapestry Being Woven 
Acknowledgments  
Bibliography  
Illustration Credits  
Index  
About the Author  

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Biography

Dr. Mark David Major, AICP, CNU-A, is a Professor of Urban Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design. He is a graduate of Clemson University, University College London, and the University of London.

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