Reading Response 1: Çatalhöyük Cat Wilson Iar221 1.18.2012
Çatalhöyük: An early urbanization model7400 BCE. Population 8000. No streets.
http://www.ritualgoddess.com/aboutcatalhuyuk.htmConstructed of mud bricks and wooden posts, thishoneycomb patterned city was built without streets orpassageways. Inhabitants moved about along therooftops of the city and lived below, accessed by ladderthrough holes in the roof.
The family unit lived in one main room. Walls wereplastered and often painted with scenes depicting thelocal landscape or hunting adventures. There was nocentral communal sacred space, so each house had itsown shrine with bull horns and bones from thedeceased. http://www.ritualgoddess.com/aboutcatalhuyuk.htm
To the left, a plan from the archeaological site as we can render it to the best of our knowledge. http://www.catalhoyuk.com/history.htmlTo the right, a plan of thecity of Washington, DC.This relatively modernurban plan incorporatesstreets and passageways,but the general geometricpattern remains. http://www.thenowpass.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/LEnfant_plan.jpg
Final Thoughts http://globalheritagefund.org/images/uploads/projects/catal_overview_main.jpgThe patterns of urban development in Çatalhöyük andthose of modern cities like Washington, DC both includerepetitive geometric shapes. Studying these ancientcivilizations can shed light on humanity’s intuitiveurbanization plans.