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Gridded Worlds: An Urban Anthology

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Reuben Rose-Redwood
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Introduction.- 1: The Origin and Spread of the Grid-Pattern Town.- 2: Genealogies of the Grid: Revisiting Stanislawski's Search for the Origin of the Grid-Pattern Town.- 3: The City Shaped: "The Grid and Politics" and "Laying Out the Grid".- 4: Plan and Constitution-Aristotle's Hippodamus: Towards an "Ostensive" Definition of Spatial Planning.- 5: Chinese Spatial Strategies: The Grid Plan as Ideology.- 6: Military Considerations and Colonial Town Planning: France and New France in the Seventeenth Century.- 7: From Diffusionism to the Production of Space: The Lébou Pènç and the Grid in the Urban History of Senegal.- 8: Indigenous Architecture and the Spanish-American Gridplan-Plaza in Mesoamerica and the Caribbean.- 9: Gridiron Cities and Checkerboard Towns.- 10: American Cities: The Grid Plan and the Protestant Ethic.- 11: The Grid as City Plan: New York City and Laissez-Faire Planning in the Nineteenth Century.- 12: The Dark Side of the Grid: Power and Urban Design.- 13: Gridded Lives: Why Kazakhstan and Montana Are Nearly the Same Place.- 14: Ladders: Urban Implosion.- 15: Urban Grids and Urban Imaginaries: City to Cyberspace, Cyberspace to City.- Conclusion.
This book is the first edited collection to bring together classic and contemporary writings on the urban grid in a single volume. The contributions showcased in this book examine the spatial histories of the grid from multiple perspectives in a variety of urban contexts. They explore the grid as both an indigenous urban form and a colonial imposition, a symbol of Confucian ideals and a spatial manifestation of the Protestant ethic, a replicable model for real estate speculation within capitalist societies and a spatial framework for the design of socialist cities. By examining the entangled histories of the grid, Gridded Worlds considers the variegated associations of gridded urban space with different political ideologies, economic systems, and cosmological orientations in comparative historical perspective. In doing so, this interdisciplinary anthology seeks to inspire new avenues of research on the past, present, and future of the gridded worlds of urban life.