If the Past Teaches, What Does the Future Learn? Ancient Urban Regions and the Durable Future is the product of three workshops organized by the Integrated History and Future of People on Earth (IHOPE) and hosted by the US National Science Foundation’s National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Maryland, USA. Architects, regional planners, and landscape architects joined archaeologists and other scholars to explore how cities in the past can inform cities of the future.
The discussions encompassed ancient urban regions in Ethiopia, the Maya lowlands, Atlantic Europe, and Southern Mesopotamia, along with some modern cities with long histories. Durability, diversity, and flexibility were identified as common factors in analyzing how people adapted to changing circumstances. Long-lived cities, taken together with their regions, offer useful insights for current urban infrastructure and technology; highlight past social, economic and political experiments; and suggest that, in the future, diverse urban forms and flexible management strategies can better match shifting environmental conditions.
The book can be found via this permalink for download: https://doi.org/10.47982/BookRxiv.32
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