The Urban Millennium: The City-Building Process from the Early Middle Ages to the Present


The Urban Millenniumfocuses upon the spatial adaptation of cities as a factor in urbanization. Konvitz explores how the evolution of city building strategies has accompanied and facilitated other aspects of urban development. By taking a long historical perspective, he shows that cities were more easily adapted to changing circumstances before and during the industrialization. Konvitz also draws out the implications of his analysis for contemporary urban problems. He challenges many contemporary assumptions of architecture and city planning and suggests that we should learn to appreciate an approach to building which allows for the continual modification of individual structures and districts, and which places more control over the environment in the hands of the users.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Carbondale, IL
Publication year:
  • 1985


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