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Decoding the London terraced house

Ioannidis, K; (2005) Decoding the London terraced house. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This report attempts to look into the ty- adjacency graphs. Statistical tables of their synpoiogy of the English Terraced House, one of the tactic properties as well as observations of corn- most famous types of domestic architecture in mon space configuration patters uncover basic the UK. The study discusses the evolution of this features of the Terraced House genotype. The genre, tracing its genotypical properties and lo- analysis is complimented with isovists in order to eating alterations in its spatial structure since its examine issues related to the perception of the initial appearance in the late 17th century. What internal domestic space. has really changed and how it is related to social Drawing on the above findings, it is ar- and other factors are fundamental questions ad- gued that one of the dominant characteristics dressed in this paper. of the Terraced House which remained almost The study is focused on the area of Lon- unaffected through the centuries is the depen- don. Its findings are based on the quantitative dency of its spatial structure on a central 'spine' and statistical analysis of 27 case studies, which of spaces which divides and unites the func- represent all the significant stages of the typol- tions of the dwelling according to the changing ogy's evolution. The fundamental tools used for needs of the English domestic culture. The re- this process are the Space Syntax theory and port ends with an attempt to trace the limits of analytical methodology. the flexibility of the Terraced House in relation The paper begins with a brief history of to its genotypical characteristics. It is contended the Terraced House typology in the United King- that its geometrical properties impose a remark- dom, presenting its origins, the key factors that able canon on its syntactic - and by extension its had a strong impact on its formation as well as functional - properties. the latest developments. The next part of this study introduces the theoretical concepts used in the analysis and summarizes important previous work conducted in this field. The plans of Key words: London Terraced House, English the case studies are transformed into justified Domestic Culture, Flexibility, Space Syntax.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Decoding the London terraced house
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest. Third party copyright material has been removed from the ethesis. Images identifying individuals have been redacted or partially redacted to protect their identity.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Architecture
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1568124
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