Genealogies of the Grid: Revisiting Stanislawski’s Search for the Origin of the Grid-Pattern Town

  • Reuben Rose-RedwoodEmail author


This chapter provides a genealogy of the grid and a critical reassessment of the limitations of Stanislawski’s theory of the grid’s origin as a means of challenging the doctrine of geographical diffusionism more generally. It then offers a selective overview of recent approaches to understanding the grid and calls for a comparative genealogy of gridded spaces.


Diffusionism Genealogy Grid Orthogonal planning Dan Stanislawski Urban form 


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  1. 1.University of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

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