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Everyday Streets

Inclusive Approaches to Understanding and Designing Streets

Distributed for UCL Press

Everyday Streets

Inclusive Approaches to Understanding and Designing Streets

A comparative look at everyday streets in contemporary cities and how they could be more inclusively used.

Everyday streets are both the most used and most undervalued of cities’ public spaces. They are places of social aggregation, bringing together people of different classes, genders, ages, ethnicities, and nationalities. They comprise not just the familiar outdoor spaces that we move through and interact in but also urban blocks, interiors, depths, and hinterlands, which are integral to streets’ nature and contribute to their vitality. Everyday Streets offers an inclusive approach to understanding and designing these streets through an analysis of them as found in cities around the globe. From the regular rectilinear urban blocks of Montreal to the carefully regulated narrow alleyways of Naples, and from the resilient market streets of London to the crammed commercial streets of Chennai, the streets in this book were all conceived with a certain level of control. Everyday Streets is a palimpsest of methods, perspectives, and recommendations that together provide a solid understanding of everyday streets, their degree of inclusiveness, and to what extent they could be more inclusive.

376 pages | 122 color plates | 6.125 x 9.1875

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Agustina Martire, Birgit Hausleitner, Jane Clossick

Part 1: The social life of everyday streets
Agustina Martire, Birgit Hausleitner, Jane Clossick

1 The agency of small things: indicators of ownership on the streets of Liverpool and Belfast
David Littlefield

2 Rituals of O’Connell Street: Commemoration, Display and Dissent
Kate Buckley

3 Street Life in Medieval London
James Davis

4 Who owns the street? The cases of Lange Reihe and Steindamm in Hamburg
Bedour Braker

5 Streets after dark: The experiences of women, girls and gender-diverse people
Gill Matthewson, Nicole Kalms, Jess Berry, Gene Bawden

6 A tourist catwalk: the pedestrianisation of Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, Lisbon
Manuel João Ramos

7 The streets that were there are gone … but Sailortown’s stories remain
Agustina Martire, Aisling Madden

Part 2: The form and use of everyday streets

Birgit Hausleitner, Jane Clossick, Agustina Martire

8 Vicoli as forms of proximity: Spanish Quarter; inhabiting a network
Orfina Fatigato

9 Spatial-structural qualities of mixed-use main streets. Two case studies from the Amsterdam metropolitan region
Birgit Hausleitner, Mae-Ling Stuyt

10 Kiruna, lost and found: Identity and memory in the streetspace of the Arctic town
Maria Luna Nobile

11 Foundational economy and polycentricity in the five squares of the pedestrian zone of Favoritenstrasse, Vienna
Sigrid Kroismayr, Andreas Novy

12 Reclaiming streets for people in urban India
Deepti Adlakha

13 Investing in (post-covid) street appeal
Matthew Carmona

Part 3: Localography

Jane Clossick, Agustina Martire, Birgit Hausleitner

14 Learning from Castleblayney: conversation and action in a small Irish town.
Miriam Delaney, Orla Murphy

15 Co-drawing: A design methodology for collective action
Antje Steinmuller, Christopher Falliers

16 An inventory of the street: Case studies from Montréal
Carole Lévesque, Thomas-Bernard Kenniff

17 A walk between disciplines: Listening to the composition of Ormeau Road
Elen Flügge, Timothy Waddell

18 Mapping everyday heritage practices: Tivoli Barber Shop on North Street
Anna Skoura

19 Urban depth and social integration on super-diverse London high streets
Jane Clossick, Rebecca Smink


Jane Clossick, Agustina Martire, Birgit Hausleitner


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