City Plat Parti

B.1 and B.2 City Plat Partis

A. General

  1. Goal:  For these two maps, choose a town, from the Dropbox Towns, that will produce an illustrative parti.  Choose a town that others have not chosen.  Leave a comment indicating what town you choose.
  2. Format.  If practicable, produce sheets in one of these modular sizes: 8-1/2×11, 11×11, 11×17.  I believe that Project B.1 can be done sufficiently on 8-1/2×11.
  3. Use this plan convention:  north up or with principal town entrance at bottom of sheet.
  4. Medium: graphite on paper.
  5. Graphic style: imitate the town plans of Thomas Sharp, Anatomy of a Village.

B. (B.1)  Town for Use by All.

(4.2 para.7; 97):

a city ought to be located in the middle of its territory, where the view extends to its very boundaries, so that it can read the situation and be ready to intervene promptly … and in a position that allows farmer and ploughman to go out frequently, and return quickly laden with fruit and produce.

Parti.  Diagram the chosen town in its hinterland in order to see the two parts: those parts of use by all and those parts not of use to all.  [The conventional figure-ground seems not to be the most effective way of bringing attention to the parti of what belongs to all.  1) Perhaps shading the edges of blocks as they front the most public streets is a strategy for this parti.  See the Mork graphic below for the parti of the passeggiata.  2) Alternatively, the blocks are not colored at all; rather, shade the streets to show the connecting of public city streets to the hinterland farms.  3) Perhaps buildings for use by all, e.g., the market, should be the only buildings that are blacked.  4)  From the Sharp map of Gainford should be taken the suggestion of how to show the farm division of the hinterland.(150907)]

2012 MorkB Citta NDU Duany 3
Passeggiata Diagram. Brian Mork. 2012.

Google the satellite map and use the actual setting as a loose guide.

Hinterland, 1in=200ft.  Draw lightly circles of 1 and 3 and 5 furlongs with center at center of town.

Look particularly at Sharp’s simple rendering of farmland.

Submit as pdf before the start of class to  (For years it has not worked to send a pdf to my address; however, things may have recently changed, so the first person to finish can try.)

C. (B.2)  Town for Use by Prince or Tyrant.  Invent parti of town.  List the roles: tyrant and subjects.

Parti.  Diagram the chosen town in order to see the two parts: those parts of use by the tyrant and those parts of use to subjects.

Town plans, 1in=100ft.

B.3 Town for Use by the variety of Sacred and Secular Associations: Parti showing one of the larger oeconomia.

The Nolli map of Rome is a model for showing the sacred-communal and secular-communal (both public buildings and private houses with public rooms) against the fabric of private residences.  This is similar to the aim here of indicating the architecture of a large sacred organization in the fabric of everything else (1. sacred offices; 2. secular offices; 3. large secular organizations; 4. secular private residences).

Diagram two partis.

A. Draw a parti diagramming Cambridge as a town with an extraordinary number of large, sacred oeconomia (i.e.,colleges).

At College A-Z / University of Cambridge, choose a college (not Wolfson).  From this same page, to right of college address, select map.  Scale map to 1in=200ft.  [Google college name and map to confirm the extent of a particular college’s buildings and campus. 151012].

[Or, render a map of Cambridge, Oxford, St Andrews, Dublin? to visualize the relation of large oeconomia (colleges) in the parti of these towns or cities. 151012].

This can be perhaps be done in levels of tones or hatches:

  1. Ground :  no tone or hatch.
  2. River (if your area includes the river).
  3. Sacred Communal, Secular Communal, Secular Large Oeconomia?, and Secular Private (houses and shops).
  4. Sacred Oeconomia (the other colleges).
  5. Sacred Oeconomia (your college): darkest tone or cross-hatch.

Graphite on 8-1/2×11 paper; label; scan.  Submit as pdf (SmithJ15;332 Cambridge College) to with subject line (33215 Cambridge College) by start of class on due date.

B. Draw a parti diagramming an area of Bruges into the fabric of which are placed God’s Houses.  These God’s Houses are another example of a larger-than-a-house organization whose root is somehow religious (i.e., sacred, large oeconomia).

At the Netherlands wikipage for Bruges God’s Houses, choose a God’s House.  Use this site and Google’s inventory of mapping links to find and print a base map at 1in=200ft.

This can be perhaps be done in levels of tones or hatches:

  1. Ground :  no tone or hatch.
  2. Secular Communal, Secular Large Oeconomia?, and Secular Private (houses and shops).
  3. Sacred Oeconomia (another God’s House that is located in your map section) and Sacred-Communal (church).
  4. Sacred Oeconomia (your God’s House): darkest tone or cross-hatch.

Graphite on 8-1/2×11 paper; label; scan.  Submit similar to above.

Gainford. County Durham. Map, 1946. Thomas Sharp (Anatomy of a Village).
Gainford. County Durham. Map, 1946. Thomas Sharp (Anatomy of a Village).


  1. Rachel Peterson


  2. agnano

  3. Kayla McHugh

    Bagnara di Romagna,Italy

  4. Kristi McClure

    Poli, Italy

  5. Daniel Casimiro

    La Selve FR

  6. Amanda Zylstra

    Zlotoryja, Poland

  7. Paul Herman


  8. Kristina Fisher

    Flagy, France

  9. Friedland, Germany

  10. Glucholazy

  11. N. Lucas


  12. Minh Ngo


  13. jk, acquasparta

  14. Jon Janik

    villa franche queryon

  15. Lucas Stegeman

    Chianciano, Italy

  16. Inveraray England

  17. N. Lucas

    scratch that. i am doing cordes. Hastingues_FR is up for grabs

  18. Robert Skinner

    Ville Franche Belves

  19. Brandon Freitag

    Le Plan_FR_[1974]

  20. Tristan Andrews


    1. Tristan Andrews

      Just kidding, I want Ponte Dell ‘Olio

  21. karita Lipdo

    Karita Lipdo

  22. Stephen Galloway

    villeneuve-sur-lot, france

    1. Stephen Galloway

      changed to vysoke myto

  23. William Morris

    Fort Michilmakinac

  24. Andrew McClellan


    1. Andrew McClellan

      Changing to IsolaGeiPescatori_IT_1963.pdf

  25. Amanda Zylstra

    Peter house at cambridge, godshuis De Le Fontaine in Brugse

  26. Rachel Peterson

    For B.3 I chose Robinson College at Cambridge and the Our Lady of Help Gods House (Onze Lieve Vrouw van Bijstand).

  27. St John’s College, De Croeser

  28. William Morris

    Clare College

  29. Christ’s College

  30. William Morris

    Almshouse De Meulenaere

  31. Kristina Fisher

    Gonville & Calus College

  32. Kayla McHugh

    Sidney Sussex College

  33. Magdalene College

    1. never mind. Im doing jesus college!

  34. Kristi McClure

    St Edmund’s College, Kattepoortje

  35. Churchill college and Raamstart

  36. Kristina Fisher

    Le Marie

  37. Lucas Stegeman

    Queens’ College

  38. Lucas Stegeman

    Soutieu, Maagdendal

  39. Begijnhof 32-40

  40. Andrew McClellan

    Darwin College

    1. Andrew McClellan


  41. Kayla McHugh


  42. Tristan Andrews

    Bakkersrente, godshuis van het Bakkersambacht

  43. Brandon Freitag

    St. Catherine’s College & De Generaliteit

  44. Daniel Casimiro

    trinity college

  45. Matt Jones

    Robinson College

    1. Matt Jones

      Never mind Emmanuel College

  46. Matt Jones


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