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URBAN SITE AND SITUATION
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Definitions Site: the relationship between a city and the physical environment and landscape in which it is located Situation: the relationship between a city and the rest of the urban system in which it is located
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Defensive Sites
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Mont Saint-Michel
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Mont Saint-Michel
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Would this be a good type of place for urban growth in the 21 st century? No, there is no longer a need for this kind of protection, so isolation becomes a disadvantage Yes, 21 st century cities depend (among other things) on tourism money, and Mont Saint- Michel is a prime tourist destination Isolation has gone from being essential to being an inconvenience to being an amenity, … Site characteristics are evaluated differently in different periods of a culture’s evolution
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Carcassonne, France This “defensive” city is invaded by some 3,000,000 tourists annually!
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Sites favoring commerce
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Situation is defined by a city’s place in the urban system
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Different interpretations of Manhattan’s site http://www.carto.com/chighlights/us_east.html http://freepages.gen ealogy.rootsweb.co m/~blkyn/Map/NY.1 807.html  1764                  1807 
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Pittsburgh, “the point” Allegheny River Monongahela River Ohio River Originally a defensive site, but perfect for river-based commerce and later for industry …
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The U.S.
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