Title: The Ten Books on Architecture

Author: Vitruvius

Date: 1st Century BC

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Translation: Morris Hicky Morgan


The Project Gutenberg


Book I:
Chapters IV, The Site of a City
Chapter VI, The Directions of the Streets; with Remarks on the Winds
Chapter VII, The Sites for Public Buildings

Description: This chapter describes Vitruvius’ ideas on the siting of new towns.

Assessment: Vitruvius’ recommendations for siting of new cities govern mainly solar exposure (avoid southern, western exposure) and marshes (avoid siting within or downhill from stagnant marshes).