September 21, 2017

Open access paper alert

Filed under: Online publications — acagle @ 6:55 pm

The Teotihuacan Anomaly: The Historical Trajectory of Urban Design in Ancient Central Mexico

Here’s the abstract:

The ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacan had the most aberrant design of any city in ancient Mesoamerica. I examine similarities and differences between the design of Teotihuacan and other Mesoamerican cities. During the Preclassic period, a set of common Mesoamerican planning principles emerged. The designers of Teotihuacan rejected most of these principles in favor of a new and radical set of planning concepts. After the fall of Teotihuacan, subsequent urban planners ignored the Teotihuacan principles and returned to ancient Mesoamerican planning ideas. Elements of the Teotihuacan plan did not resurface until the Mexica of Tenochtitlan revived them for a specific goal. The historical sequence of central Mexican city layouts highlights the anomalous character of Teotihuacan’s principles of urban design within the canons of ancient Mesoamerican urbanism.

Looks interesting although I haven’t read it. Someone feel free to read and comment upon it.

1 Comment

  1. The novel characteristics aren’t all independent–if you’re designing a much bigger city, you’ll design in some large streets pretty quick, even if you forgot at first.

    Comment by James the lesser — September 26, 2017 @ 6:53 pm

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