Jorge Hardoy’s Urban Planning in Pre-Columbian America (Studio Vista, 1967) studies early urban settlements in Middle and South America. The book is a part of the Planning and Cities series edited by George R. Collins, Columbia University.
Through the centuries pre-Columbian urbanization shows striking differences from contemporary processes on other continents. Visually, architecturally, and iin some ways functionally, Teotihuacán was as different from the Rome of the cCaesars as Chan Chan was from Constantinople or Cordova, and Cuzco and Tenochtitlán from Paris, Florence or Genoa. Pre-Columbian cultures tired different principles of urban planning as an answer to the problems posed by sizable and constantly growing cities with complex functional interrelationships, or in order to emphasize and provide an adequate setting for their architectural monuments.
– Jorge Hardoy in Preface to Urban Planning in Pre-Columbian America (Studio Vista, 1967), p. 7
The book has English text. There are lots of black-and-white photographs, maps and diagrams for illustration.
The copy in our stock is in good condition. The pages are clean without any markings, and the binding is fine. There is minuscule age-related toning on the edges of the pages; the dust jacket is slightly edge-worn.