Category Archives: Urban Studies

Evolution of Kinship Societies into Tributary Societies: An Important Step in Development of Cities

The first cities emerged as a result of a fundamental reorganization of food production and economic diversification in human societies. Before the advent of cities, ancient peoples lived in clan groups and villages organized around extended kin, or family, relationships … Continue reading

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Urban Primacy,the Primate City and Rank Size Rule

Urban Primacy is when one city is dominantly large in a group of cities. Usually when a largest city is over twice as large as the next city, this would constitute urban primacy. Other measures are more rigorous whereby a … Continue reading

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Urban Density: An Oversimplified Concept?

Urban Density refers to the way people and buildings interact. Urban density is a term used in  planning and  design to refer to the number of people inhabiting a given urbanized area. As such it is to be distinguished from other measures of population density. … Continue reading

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Trends and Patterns of Global Urbanisation: Distinction Between Two Terms and an Overview

A trend is a change or development towards something new or different. A pattern is the repeated or regular way in which something happens or is done.It is an arrangement of lines or shapes, especially a design in which the same shape is repeated at regular intervals over a surface. Global Trends of Urbanisation … Continue reading

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