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The SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding.

Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.

Key Concepts in Urban Studies:

Clearly and concisely explains the basic ideas in the interdisciplinary field of urban studies; Offers concise discussions of concepts ranging from community, neighbourhood, and the city to globalization, the New Urbanism, feminine space, and urban problems; Constitutes a re-examination of the key ideas in the field; Is illustrated throughout with international examples; Provides an essential reference guide for all students and teachers across the urban disciplines within sociology, political science, planning and geography.

Planning – Cities, Suburbs, Metropolitan Regions
Planning – Cities, suburbs, metropolitan regions

The earliest cities developed for the most part with chaotic street systems and land uses. Enterprises and residences were located wherever the owners decided they should be. Yet, the classic civilizations did engage in forms of planning. Often building was carried out according to some overarching symbolic scheme belonging to the religious beliefs of the people. During the medieval period in Europe and in some places in Asia, cities were built with planned fortifications in the interests of self-defense. When capitalist industrialization appeared in the 1800s, first in Europe, then in the US, new conceptions of how to guide city growth emerged that replaced the rationale for religious thinking or defense. Some of the most notable ideas in the 19th Century sought to ...

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