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Living in Community


Urban Organization

Because they looked up to the heavens, many people have used the sky as a model for organizing their cities.

Anasazi: The Anasazis were fascinated with the sun.  This fascination with the sun led the Anasazi to organize their cities in a way that mirrored the sky above them. more »

Aztec: Aztecs believed that the world was a flat surface divided into five directions: north, south, east, west and the center. Their capital, Tenochtitlan, was in the center. more »

China: The Chinese rulers believed that they were represented by stars in the sky. To maintain harmony with the heavens, they also built their communities in relation to the sky. more »

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