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Unformatted text preview: 1. In the examples from the readings, what were the major human/social needs that shaped the spatial formation of settlements? Are those needs still relevant to urban development today? Have new human needs arisen over time? 2. What is the role of planners and city administrators in meeting the human needs of the citys population? 3. Discuss the power dynamics of ancient city planning, who made the decisions? 4. Where did their power come from? How did these power relations shape the urban form we inherited? 1. Most towns had a giant plaza in the middle of the town; government and public buildings surrounded the Plaza. Then on the outskirts of the plaza that was were all the houses were built. Because there was no effective mode of transportation it was vital for everyone to be as close to the center of town as possible. The city of Teotihuacan developed apartments complexes to keep people close to the plaza. Many cities today are built around a downtown area that is were a lot of people close to the plaza....
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- Spring '08