Theories about cities and the form that settlements should take will be discussed. Attempts will be made at a distinction between descriptive and normative theory, by examining examples of various theories of city form over time. The class will concentrate on the origins of the modern city and theories about its emerging form, including the transformation of the nineteenth-century city and its organization. It analyzes current issues of city form in relation to city making, social structure, and physical design. Case studies of several cities will be presented as examples of the theories discussed in the class.
Section One: The Nature of City Form Theory
Three Analogical Examples: The Cosmic Model
Descriptive and Functional Theory
Some Recent Theoretical Propositions
Beinart, Julian. 4.241J Theory of City Form, Spring 2004. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), http://ocw.mit.edu(Accessed 03 Oct, 2012). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA