December 2017


«Architecton: proceedings of higher education» № №4(60) December 2017

Theory of architecture

Danilova Elina V.

PhD. (Architecture), Professor, Subdepartment of Urban Planning,
Samara State Technical University,
Samara, Russia, e-mail: red_avangard@mail.ru

Bakshutova Daria V.

Master’s Degree student, Subdepartment of Urban Planning. 
Samara State Technical University,
Samara, Russia, e-mail, e-mail: bakshutova94@gmail.com


The growing complexity of the cities calls for descriptive models which could be used in research and design. Descriptive models are based on articulation of separate layers which make up the urban structure. City images on historical maps are analyzed. Six basic ways to represent a city developed by the beginning of the 20th century are identified. Modern research approaches and design concepts are examined and presented as graphic models. Relationships are established between historical representations and modern city description models.

Key words: representation, descriptive models, urban structure, city map


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