- 11 video lessons (47 Mins)
Browse Course Chapters
2.The Ancient World4 mins
3.Medieval/Renaissance Europe4 mins
4.The Far East and Pre-Columbian America3 mins
5.The Bastide in the New World4 mins
6.Spanish Laws of the Indies and the American Midwest4 mins
7.Colonial America and Thomas Jefferson's 1785 Land Ordinance4 mins
8.The Problem of Words4 mins
9.Why the Regular Grid?3 mins
10.Generic Function in Settlements6 mins
11.The Myth of the Regular Grid5 mins
The course is about the when, where, and why of regular grid planning around the world—from Ancient India to the New World—arguing that its independent emergence in different parts of the world is a generic consequence of placing dwellings in a settlement. The transmission of the regular grid, traceable from one society to another over the last 4,500 years, also demonstrates its effectiveness as a utilitarian tool of planning. The course concludes by reviewing the myths surrounding the regular grid, including its role in fostering the ideals of the American Dream.
The objective of this course is to understand how and why the regular grid has been a standard part of the town planning vocabulary around the world for nearly five millennia.
Learn these skills
- Land Use
- Pedestrian Planning
- Plan Making
- Urban Design
- Zoning Codes
This course is approved for .75 AICP CM credit.