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CitiesMade of Boundaries presents the theoretical foundation and concepts for anew social scientific urban morphological mapping method, Boundary Line Type(BLT) Mapping. Its vantage is a plea to establish a frame of reference for radicallycomparative urban studies positioned between geography and archaeology. Basedin multidisciplinary social and spatial theory, a critical realist understandingof the boundaries that compose built space is operationalised by a mappingpractice utilising Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Benjamin N. Vis gives a preciseaccount of how BLT Mapping can be applied to detailed historical,reconstructed, contemporary, and archaeological urban plans, exemplified by sixteenthto twenty-first century Winchester (UK) and Classic Maya Chunchucmil (Mexico). Thisaccount demonstrates how the functional and experiential difference betweencompact western and tropical dispersed cities can be explored.

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

Supplementary materials for this book are available to download from http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/10055955/6/Supplement-BLT-table.pdf

CitiesMade of Boundaries presents the theoretical foundation and concepts for anew social scientific urban morphological mapping method, Boundary Line Type(BLT) Mapping. Its vantage is a plea to establish a frame of reference for radicallycomparative urban studies positioned between geography and archaeology. Basedin multidisciplinary social and spatial theory, a critical realist understandingof the boundaries that compose built space is operationalised by a mappingpractice utilising Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Benjamin N. Vis gives a preciseaccount of how BLT Mapping can be applied to detailed historical,reconstructed, contemporary, and archaeological urban plans, exemplified by sixteenthto twenty-first century Winchester (UK) and Classic Maya Chunchucmil (Mexico). Thisaccount demonstrates how the functional and experiential difference betweencompact western and tropical dispersed cities can be explored.

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

Supplementary materials for this book are available to download from http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/10055955/6/Supplement-BLT-table.pdf


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