By Kenneth Kolson
-An innovative and quirky ebook cautioning urban planners to not imagine too vast of their layout-
Big Plans: The attract and Folly of city layout springs from the concept human aspirations for the city—as expressed via visible photographs corresponding to archi
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The southwest sector yielded most of the microﬂint blades and blade tools, which “indicates specialized activity areas, pre- 41 the “hidden cities” of ancient north america f i g u re 1 2 Prehistoric human settlement at Poverty Point, Louisiana. ” Somewhat surprisingly, ornamental and exotic objects, presumed to have had a ceremonial function, were widely distributed throughout the site. —fully two millennia before Poverty Point. ”⁵⁹ Although the site is modest in size, researchers have unearthed impressive quantities of ﬁsh and shellﬁsh remains; over , pieces of bone were recovered from one mound alone.
And bloomed during periods called the Sedentary (– or thereabouts) and the Classic (–). The fortunes of the Hohokam were intimately bound up with a vast canal system that carried water over long distances—more than ﬁfteen miles, in several cases—through the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona. Irrigation made possible a semiannual harvest, obviously a very productive cycle of agriculture. The Hohokam grew maize, beans, various grains, squash, and cotton; practiced cremation of the dead; manufactured a distinctive red-on-buﬀ pottery; and maintained active trade relations with producers of obsidian, shell, and other exotic goods.
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Big Plans: The Allure and Folly of Urban Design by Kenneth Kolson