Mediterranean Urbanism

Historic Urban / Building Rules and Processes

Authors: Hakim, Besim

  • Provides information for understanding and learning from the history and theory of traditional urbanism of major cultures around the Mediterranean basin
  • Covers 14 centuries, since antiquity to the early decades of the 20th century
  • Aims to adapt the traditional experience to be compatible with contemporary developements
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About this book

This book brings together historic urban / building rules and codes for the geographic areas including Greece, Italy and Spain. The author achieved his ambitious goal of finding pertinent rules and codes that were followed in previous societies for the processes that formed the built environment of their towns and cities, including building activities at the neighborhood level and the decision-making process that took place between proximate neighbors. The original languages of the texts that were translated into English are Greek, Latin, Italian, Arabic and Spanish. The sources for the chapter on Greece date from the 2nd century B.C.E. to the 19th century C.E. Those for the chapter on Italy date from the 10th to the 14th centuries C.E. and for the chapter on Spain from the 5th to the 18th centuries C.E. Numerous appendices are included to enhance and elaborate on the material that make up the chapters. This book provides lessons and insights into how compact and sustainable towns and cities that are greatly admired today were achieved in the past and how we and future generations can learn from this rich heritage, including the valuable insight provided by the nature of the rules and codes and their application through centuries of continuous use.

About the authors

Besim S. Hakim is an architect and urban planner. He has worked as a professor / scholar and as a consultant / practitioner. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and member of the American Institute of Architects. He studied architecture at Liverpool University, UK and urban design at Harvard, USA. Since 1975 he has researched and uncovered the underlying processes, codes, and management systems of traditional towns and cities located in the countries that surround the Mediterranean Sea. His book on Arabic-Islamic Cities and subsequent other studies, published from the early 1980s onwards, have been influential on numerous studies undertaken in academia and professional practice.

Reviews

“This is a book that ought to be in the library of any serious student of urbanism and urban morphology – and anyone else who believes that in meeting our modern urban challenges, we have much to learn from centuries of urban history. … The book is also a sheer pleasure to read. Professor Besim Hakim writes in a very lucid and accessible style, and his book is beautifully illustrated.” (Michael Mehaffy, Amazon.com, March, 2015)

“Besim Hakim presents here a remarkable and comprehensive work on historical urban codes. … This book must be read … by every urbanist who wishes to understand how historical living cities evolve on their own, and how to apply those mechanisms to humanize urban form today.” (Nikos A. Salingaros, Amazon.com, February, 2015)


Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • Greece: Sources from the Second Century B.C.E. to the Nineteenth Century C.E.

    Hakim, Besim S.

    Pages 1-32

  • Italy: Sources from the Tenth to Fourteenth Centuries C.E.

    Hakim, Besim S.

    Pages 33-54

  • Spain: Sources from the Fifth to the Eighteenth Centuries C.E.

    Hakim, Besim S.

    Pages 55-95

  • Conclusions

    Hakim, Besim S.

    Pages 97-109

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-017-9140-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-017-9139-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-017-7824-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mediterranean Urbanism
Book Subtitle
Historic Urban / Building Rules and Processes
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-9140-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-9140-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-9139-7
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-7824-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 237
Number of Illustrations and Tables
30 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour
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