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Core Concepts in Town-Plan Analysis

  • Michael P. Conzen
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Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)

Abstract

‘Town-plan analysis’ developed to account for those portions of the intricate patterns of spatial organization and visual character of towns and cities that can be retrieved from a study of the chief elements of their ground plan. It investigates the configurations of streets, plots and buildings created over time as cities have grown from unpretentious beginnings or bold designs into complex territorial compositions of built environment. Inevitably, the pressures of urbanization have usually triggered extensive modifications to original layouts, producing often complex alterations to the spatial structure of the urban core and variable impacts on the successive urban fringes of cities as they have expanded and been absorbed into the urban mass. Advances in town-plan analysis have created many useful concepts to explain the dynamic processes that have shaped and altered the ground plans of cities, and a selection of the most successful concepts is presented here. They lie at the core of a coherent system of urban morphological explanation.

Keywords

Town-plan analysis Townscape Urban form Urban morphology Urban morphological processes Urban tissue 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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