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Suburban Urbanities

Suburbs and the Life of the High Street

Distributed for UCL Press

Suburban Urbanities

Suburbs and the Life of the High Street

Suburban space has traditionally been understood as a formless remnant of physical city expansion, without a dynamic or logic of its own. Suburban Urbanities challenges this view by defining the suburb as a temporally evolving feature of urban growth. Anchored in the architectural research discipline of space syntax, this book offers a comprehensive understanding of urban change, touching on the history of the suburb as well as its current development challenges, with a particular focus on suburban centres. Studies of the high street as a centre for social, economic and cultural exchange provide evidence for its critical role in sustaining local centres over time. Contributors from the architecture, urban design, geography, history and anthropology disciplines examine cases spanning Europe and around the Mediterranean. By linking large-scale city mapping, urban design scale expositions of high street activity and local-scale ethnographies, the book underscores the need to consider suburban space on its own terms as a specific and complex field of social practice

380 pages | 6 1/5 x 9 1/4

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Table of Contents

Suburbs are as Old as the City Itself
Laura Vaughan

Part A: Theoretical Preliminaries
1. The Suburb and the City
Laura Vaughan, Sam Griffiths and Muki Haklay

2. The High Street as a Morphological Event
Sam Griffiths

Part B: Suburban Centralities

3. Suburban Continuity and Change
Ashley Dhanani

4. Spatial Memory and Shifting Centrality
Nadia Charalambous and Ilaria Geddes

5. Street Quality, Street Life, Street Centrality

Adel M. Remali, Sergio Porta, Ombretta Romice and Huyam Abudib

6. Beyond Lively Streets

Borja Ruiz-Apilánez, Mayte Arnaiz and José M. De Ureña

Part C: High Street Diversity
7. High Street Diversity

Laura Vaughan

8. High Street Transactions and Interactions

Garyfalia Palaiologou

Case Study 1: High Street Productivity
Fiona Scott

Case study 2: High Streets and the Pedestrian realm
Yodan Rofè, Galit Yerushalmi, Moshe Margalith and Ahuva Windsor

Part D: Everyday Sociability
9. Street Interaction and Social Inclusion
Ann Legeby, Meta Berghauser Pont and Lars Marcus

10. Sociability and Ethnic Identity
Angela Piragauta

11. Being Suburban
David Jeevendrampillai

Glossary of Space Syntax

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