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VIRTUAL - The Ancient City: Lessons for a Modern Age
October 22, 2021 @ 3:30 pm EDT Eastern Time
This is an online event.
Sponsored by: Archaeological Institute of America
AIA Society: Albany
Lecturer: Dean Saitta
The discipline of archaeology has generated many excellent studies of cities in the ancient world, from their origins six thousand years ago in Mesopotamia to more recent manifestations of urbanism on every continent. Ancient cities were diverse in physical layout, in the extent to which they were formally planned and governed, and in their histories of development. In recent years we’ve gained valuable insights into how urban life was experienced by a broad cross-section of ancient populations, including immigrants and refugees. This lecture will highlight the most significant of these findings about ancient cities of the Old and New Worlds, and discuss the utility of this knowledge for city building and placemaking today.
Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic:
Saitta, D. 2020. Intercultural Urbanism: City Planning from the Ancient World to the Modern Day. Bloomsbury/Zed Books, London.
Saitta, D. 2016. Planning Sustainability: The Evolution of Green Urbanism. CityGreen 13:64-73.