Comparing Ancient and Modern Cities and Planning | Sustainable Cities Collective

The plans of ancient cities that might be the most environmentally and culturally sustainable implicate policies of urban governance that run on heterarchy rather than hierarchy: i.e., political arrangements that allow citizens and interest groups wide latitude to exercise a “right to the city” without interference from planning elites.

That’s according to a new scholarly paper from Santa Fe Institute (SFI) and University of Colorado, University of North Carolina, and University of New Mexico which argues that ancient and modern cities can be usefully analyzed from a comparative perspective.

This promises contributions to the social sciences as well as contemporary urban planning and policy. However, what you do with the comps depends on how much you value similarities versus differences in urban form.

via Comparing Ancient and Modern Cities and Planning | Sustainable Cities Collective.

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