Title: The Ten Books on Architecture
Date: 1st Century BC
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Translation: Morris Hicky Morgan
The Project Gutenberg
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).