Suburban Urbanities: Suburbs and the Life of the High Street

Suburban Urbanities: Suburbs and the Life of the High Street

By Laura Vaughan (editor)
Book Description

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.

Available in print from UCL Press

Table of Contents
  • Front Cover
  • Half title
  • Title page
  • Copyright page
  • Dedication
  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Table of Contents
  • List of Figures and Plates
  • List of Tables
  • List of Contributors
  • Introduction: Suburbs are as Old as the City Itself
  • Part A: Theoretical Preliminaries
    • Chapter 1: The Suburb and the City
      • I. Introduction
      • II. Suburban imaginations
      • III. The one-dimensional suburb
      • IV. Suburban trajectories
      • V. Suburban identities
      • VI. Suburban otherness
      • VII. Conclusion
    • Chapter 2: The High Street as a Morphological Event
      • I. Introduction
      • II. High street temporalities
      • III. Morphological history and morphological events
      • IV. High streets as network topoi
      • V. Conclusion
  • Part B: Suburban Centralities
    • Chapter 3: Suburban Continuity and Change
      • I. Introduction
      • II. The case studies
      • III. The London-wide context
      • IV. Spatial network evolution
      • V. Interventions in the network
      • VI. Conclusion
    • Chapter 4: Spatial Memory and Shifting Centrality
      • I. Introduction
      • II. Limassol’s urban development
      • III. Research methods
      • IV. Continuity and change
      • V. Shifting centrality
      • VI. Conclusion
    • Chapter 5: Street Quality, Street Life, Street Centrality
      • I. Introduction
      • II. Research methods
      • III. The case studies
      • IV. Street structure
      • V. Conclusion
    • Chapter 6: Beyond Lively Streets
      • I. Introduction
      • II. Research methods
      • III. Observing street life
      • IV. Street frontage analysis
      • V. Street network configuration
      • VI. Conclusion
  • Part C: High Street Diversity
    • Chapter 7: High Street Diversity
      • I. Introduction
      • II. Concepts of diversity
      • III. Land use diversity
      • IV. Movement interfaces
      • V. Building adaptability
      • VI. Conclusion
    • Chapter 8: High Street Transactions and Interactions
      • I. Introduction
      • II. The growth of Islington
      • III. Spatial configuration
      • IV. Life on the high street
      • V. High street transformations
      • VI. Conclusion
    • Case Study 1: High Street Productivity
      • I. Introduction
      • II. High street diversity
      • III. High street working life
      • IV. High street design
    • Case Study 2: High Streets and the Pedestrian Realm
      • I. Introduction
      • II. The pedestrian realm
      • III. High street urbanity
      • IV. Conclusion
  • Part D: Everyday Sociability
    • Chapter 9: Street Interaction and Social Inclusion
      • I. Introduction
      • II. Urban life and co-presence
      • III. Co-presence and interaction
      • IV. Segregation from urban life
      • V. Segregation from urban functions
      • VI. Conclusion
    • Chapter 10: Sociability and Ethnic Identity
      • I. Introduction
      • II. Immigrant clustering and suburbanisation
      • III. The Latino suburban hub
      • IV. Market sociality
      • V. Constituting social networks
      • VI. Language barriers
      • VII. Navigating space, bridging difference
      • VIII. Conclusion
    • Chapter 11: Being Suburban
      • I. Introduction
      • II. The image of the suburbs
      • III. Re-imagining suburbs
      • IV. Living in Seething, a place that is not a place
      • V. The Seething events
      • VI. After the event
      • VII. Local communities
      • VIII. Conclusion
  • Glossary of Space Syntax
  • References
  • Index
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