A History of Architecture and Urbanism in the Americas is the first comprehensive survey to narrate the urbanization of the Western Hemisphere, from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica, making it a vital resource to help you understand the built environment in this part of the world. The book combines the latest scholarship about the indigenous past with an environmental history approach covering issues of climate, geology, and biology, so that you'll see the relationship between urban and rural in a new, more inclusive way.

Author Clare Cardinal-Pett tells the story chronologically, from the earliest-known human migrations into the Americas to the 1930s to reveal information and insights that weave across time and place so that you can develop a complex and nuanced understanding of human-made landscape forms, patterns of urbanization, and associated building typologies. Each chapter addresses developments throughout the hemisphere and includes information from various disciplines, original artwork, and historical photographs of everyday life, which - along with numerous maps, diagrams, and traditional building photographs - will train your eye to see the built environment as you read about it.

Acknowledgments  Introduction  Origins  1. Settings and Settlements 2000 BCE  2. Early Urban Realms and Ideological Landscapes 0 BCE  3. Cities, States, and Empires 1000 CE  4. Patterns of European Colonization and Building 1600 CE  5. Key Colonial Towns and Regional Architectural Elements 1760 CE  6. Architecture and Identity 1800 CE  7. Transportation and Industrialization 1860 CE  8. Beautiful Cities and New Technologies 1900 CE  9. Varieties of Modernity 1930 CE  Futurama  Image Credits  Bibliography  Index