The City Shaped: The Grid

  • Spiro KostofEmail author


This chapter is an abridged version of Spiro Kostof’s chapter on “The Grid,” which was originally published in the author’s landmark book, The City Shaped: Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History (1991). Kostof’s account of the grid layout has had a significant influence on subsequent scholarship related to the historical geography of the grid. The excerpts reprinted in this chapter highlight Kostof’s key contributions with a focus on the relation between the grid and political ideology.


Grid Politics History of surveying Town planning Aesthetics Urban patterns 


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  1. 1.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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