Streets are scenes of conflict. They are contested public spaces where fundamentally different people can meet. Architects, planners, designers and policy makers have designed, managed and controlled the way streets are used, occupied and transited. Academics have raised awareness of the value of streets that are diverse, vibrant and inclusive, while urban policy has many times focused on the commercial value of city streets, and urban design practice focuses on the formal and aesthetic principles that constitute a good street.
But what makes a good street? Is it the boundaries and thresholds created by buildings binding it? Is it the programme and use of those buildings? Or is it the street’s identity, history and memory? How different is a street defined by one single block building, from a succession of diverse plot sized buildings? Do these physical elements affect the use and perception of the street?
This reading group will explore different approaches to the analysis of streets as public spaces. We invite students, academics and professionals of architecture, planning, anthropology, sociology, history, psychology, film, media, arts and any other disciplines interested in the analysis of public space.
Location: Training room 6 - The Graduate School - Queen’s University Belfast
Dates: Thursdays 12.30pm
13 October / 3 November / 8 December
First Reading: Appleyard, D., Gerson, M. S., & Lintell, M. (1981). Livable streets. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Please RSVP Agustina Martire to confirm your attendance. [email protected]
Please bring your own lunch and coffee.
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