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On grids

M. Dumont, A.A. Dutto (2014). The Grid. trans magazin (Fachmagazin des Architekturdepartements der ETH Z├╝rich), 24, 90-98 | See more

The American "grid" is a device conceived by Thomas Jefferson in the second half of the eighteenth century in order to face a vast campaign of surveys in the new continent. It attempts a fair subdivision of lands among landowners. The essay shows how this undertaking is faced with the most advanced scientific knowledge at the time of Jefferson and as a point of convergence between disciplines of architecture, survey and rural planning.