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Architecture and Urbanism in the British Empire$
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G. A. Bremner

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198713326

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198713326.001.0001

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Urbanism and Master Planning

Urbanism and Master Planning

Configuring the Colonial City

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(p.51) 2 Urbanism and Master Planning
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Architecture and Urbanism in the British Empire
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Robert Home

Anthony D. King

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198713326.003.0003

This chapter addresses recent critical accounts of urban planning in the historic space of the British empire and with a particular focus on indigenous representations of the ‘colonial city’, drawing on recent historiographical developments and approaches of Said, Foucault, and others. An overview of the development of the colonial city in history is also given. Insights into the relationship between architecture, planning, and society highlight the gross maldistribution of power and its impact on social and spatial inequalities. Empirically rich research reveals contributions of significant individuals in developing grid-iron and central square layouts of North American, Australasian, and African cities. Common to all schemes is racial segregation, rationalized on spurious grounds of public health.

Keywords:   Imperialism, colonialism, master plans, dual cities, town planning, sanitation, segregation, tropical architecture, control

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