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Empirical Urban Theory For Archaeologists, Michael E. Smith Jan 2011

Empirical Urban Theory For Archaeologists, Michael E. Smith

Michael E Smith

I review several bodies of empirical urban theory relevant to the archaeological analysis of ancient cities. Empirical theory is a type of “middle-range theory” (following Robert Merton): sets of concepts and methods that are less abstract, and have greater empirical content, than igh-level social theory. The categories of theory reviewed here include environment-behavior theory, architectural communication theory, space syntax, urban morphology, reception theory, generative planning theory, normative theory, and city size theory. Most of these approaches originated in the fields of architecture, planning, and geography, and they directly link the urban-built environment to the actions of people within cities.


The Archaeological Study Of Neighborhoods And Districts In Ancient Cities, Michael E. Smith Jan 2010

The Archaeological Study Of Neighborhoods And Districts In Ancient Cities, Michael E. Smith

Michael E Smith

No abstract provided.


Sprawl, Squatters, And Sustainable Cities: Can Archaeological Data Shed Light On Modern Urban Issues?, Michael E. Smith Jan 2010

Sprawl, Squatters, And Sustainable Cities: Can Archaeological Data Shed Light On Modern Urban Issues?, Michael E. Smith

Michael E Smith

Ancient cities as documented by archaeologists and historians have considerable relevance for a broader understanding of modern cities and general processes of urbanization. This article reviews three themes that illustrate such relevance: sprawl, squatter settlements and urban sustainability. Archaeology's potential for illuminating these and other topics, however, remains largely unrealized because we have failed to develop the concepts and methods required to analyse such processes in the past. The following aspects are examined for each of the three themes: the modern situation, the potential insights that archaeology could contribute, and what archaeologists would need to do to produce those ...


City Planning: Aztec City Planning, Michael E. Smith Jan 2008

City Planning: Aztec City Planning, Michael E. Smith

Michael E Smith

No abstract provided.


Form And Meaning In The Earliest Cities: A New Approach To Ancient Urban Planning, Michael E. Smith Jan 2007

Form And Meaning In The Earliest Cities: A New Approach To Ancient Urban Planning, Michael E. Smith

Michael E Smith

This paper won the Catherine Bauer Wurster Prize for the “Best Scholarly Article on American Planning History” for 2007 by the Society for American City and Regional Planning History.


Did The Maya Build Architectural Cosmograms?, Michael E. Smith Jan 2005

Did The Maya Build Architectural Cosmograms?, Michael E. Smith

Michael E Smith

No abstract provided.


Can We Read Cosmology From Maya City Plans? Comment On Ashmore And Sabloff, Michael E. Smith Jan 2003

Can We Read Cosmology From Maya City Plans? Comment On Ashmore And Sabloff, Michael E. Smith

Michael E Smith

Please see the response to this paper by Ashmore and Sabloff.