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Cities Made of Boundaries

Mapping Social Life in Urban Form

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.

402 pages | 80 illustrations | 6 x 9 1/4 | © 2018

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Table of Contents

"INTRODUCTION TO CITIES MADE OF BOUNDARIES
1. TOWARDS RADICAL COMPARATIVE URBAN STUDIES
2. ADAPTING A CRITICAL REALIST RESEARCH PROCESS
3. CONSTITUTING BUILT ENVIRONMENTS, ESTABLISHING BOUNDARIES
4. THEORISING MATERIAL BOUNDARIES, UNDERSTANDING SPATIAL DATA
5. AN ONTOLOGY OF BOUNDARY LINE TYPES
6. A CONSTRUCTIVE EVALUATION OF METHODS ON URBAN FORM
7. THE EMPIRICAL PROCESS OF MAPPING BLTs, TWO CONTRASTING CASES
8. IDENTIFYING SPATIAL ANALYTICAL MEASURES THAT EXPLOIT BLT DATA
9. EXPLORING SOCIO- SPATIAL SIGNIFICANCE WITH BLT MAPPING, TWO TEST CASES
CONTEMPLATING THE FUTURE OF BLT MAPPING
SUPPLEMENT – BOUNDARY LINE TYPE TABLE, ABRIDGED"

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