Housing in premodern cities: Patterns of social and spatial variation

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This paper describes a broad comparative perspective on urban housing in cities before the modern era, including the newly-defined category of low-density city. My objective is to promote comparative analysis of premodern urban housing forms. I present a typology of house types that is based on the concepts of dwelling and household. The types are: individual house; house group; contiguous houses; walled compound; and apartment building. Among the many factors that influenced the forms and nature of premodern urban housing, I single out three causal forces: cultural tradition, density, and political dynamics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-222
Number of pages16
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2014


  • Comparative analysis
  • Housing
  • Premodern cities
  • Typology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Urban Studies


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