Paper $50.00 ISBN: 9781787351066 Published August 2018 For sale in North America only
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9781787351073 Published August 2018 For sale in North America only

Cities Made of Boundaries

Mapping Social Life in Urban Form

Benjamin N. Vis

Cities Made of Boundaries

Benjamin N. Vis

Distributed for UCL Press

402 pages | 80 illustrations | 6 x 9 1/4 | © 2018
Paper $50.00 ISBN: 9781787351066 Published August 2018 For sale in North America only
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9781787351073 Published August 2018 For sale in North America only
Cities Made of Boundaries presents the theoretical foundation and concepts for a new social scientific urban morphological mapping method, Boundary Line Type (BLT) mapping. Its vantage is a plea to establish a frame of reference for radically comparative urban studies positioned between geography and archaeology. Based in multidisciplinary social and spatial theory, a critical realist understanding of the boundaries that compose built space is operationalized by a mapping practice utilizing Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
Benjamin N. Vis gives a precise account of how BLT mapping can be applied to detailed historical, reconstructed, contemporary, and archaeological urban plans, exemplified by sixteenth to twenty-first-century Winchester and Classic Maya Chunchucmil. This account demonstrates how the functional and experiential difference between compact western and tropical dispersed cities can be explored.

The methodological development of Cities Made of Boundaries will appeal to readers interested in the comparative social analysis of built environments, and those seeking to expand the evidence-base of design options to structure urban life and development.
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