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Maya cities and the character of a tropical urbanism

Graham, E; (1996) Maya cities and the character of a tropical urbanism. In: Sinclair, P, (ed.) The development of urbanism from a global perspective. Uppsala University: Uppsala, Sweden. Green open access

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Abstract

In Forests, the Shadow of Civilization, Robert Pogue Harrison (1992) vividly conjures up the fear and wonderment of the forest that prefigure Western civilization’s urban imperative – an experience that has been confrontational, in which the terms are all-or-nothing: we win, the forest goes = city; it wins, we go = wilderness. In the paragraphs that follow I suggest that alternative historical and environmental relationships developed between trees and people in the humid tropics, and these relationships constitute the conditions for an ecology of urbanism in humid tropical regions around the globe.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Maya cities and the character of a tropical urbanism
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/000.ch.10128741
Publisher version: https://www.arkeologi.uu.se/
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: cities, tropical, environment
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10128741
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