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The Shape of Belonging in the Outer London Suburbs: Beyond the Discourse of Alienation

Vaughan, L; Haklay, M; Griffiths, S; Jones, CE; (2010) The Shape of Belonging in the Outer London Suburbs: Beyond the Discourse of Alienation. Presented at: PLiC: Public Life in the In-Between-City, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. Green open access

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Abstract

Suburbs are commonly perceived as essentially non-urban and as non-places without a spatial logic of their own. Such theories ignore the centrality of suburbs to everyday life. This paper presents evidence to show that suburbs have an independent public life that is real, measurable and diverse. A combination of quantitative analysis using space syntax and geographical analysis and qualitative analysis using questionnaires, ethnographic observations and video footage shows that London’s outer suburbs are places of flows at different scales, supporting activities of differing spatial qualities and demands. This diversity of activities and people explains how suburbs can adapt to change and become part of the urban fabric through time.

Type:Conference item (Presentation)
Title:The Shape of Belonging in the Outer London Suburbs: Beyond the Discourse of Alienation
Event:PLiC: Public Life in the In-Between-City
Location:Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
Dates:2010-06-06 - 2010-06-10
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version:http://plic.ar.technion.ac.il/
Language:English
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School > Bartlett School of Graduate Studies

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