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Cities Made of Boundaries: Mapping Social Life in Urban Form

Vis, Benjamin (2018) Cities Made of Boundaries: Mapping Social Life in Urban Form. UCL Press, London, 402 pp. ISBN 978-1-78735-107-3. E-ISBN 978-1-78735-105-9. (KAR id:69134)


Cities Made of Boundaries presents the theoretical foundation and concepts for a new social scientific urban morphological mapping method, Boundary Line Type (BLT) Mapping. Its vantage is a plea to establish a frame of reference for radically comparative urban studies positioned between geography and archaeology. Based in multidisciplinary social and spatial theory, a critical realist understanding of the boundaries that compose built space is operationalised by a mapping practice utilising Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

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

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

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled keywords: anthropology, archaeology, BLT, Built Environment, By (author) Benjamin N. Vis, city, geography, GIS, mapping, Open Access PDF, sociology, Unknown, urban studies, Classical and Archaeological Studies
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GA Mathematical geography. Cartography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Culture and Languages
Funders: [UNSPECIFIED] University of Leeds
[UNSPECIFIED] University of Kent
Depositing User: Benjamin Vis
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2018 18:05 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:58 UTC
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