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The architecture of community: some new proposals on the social consequences of architectural and planning decisions

Hanson, J; Hillier, B; (1987) The architecture of community: some new proposals on the social consequences of architectural and planning decisions. Architecture et Comportement/Architecture and Behaviour , 3 (3) pp. 251-273. Green open access

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Summary: "Territorial" theories argue that spatial design can only play an important role in society by virtue of there being a "correspondence" between spatial zones and social identities. In this paper it is argued that "structured non-correspondence" can also play a positive social role, with quite different consequences for spatial design. To the extent that a system works on non-correspondences it functions more probabilistically. It relies on numbers and frequencies of events which take place to reproduce a statistically stable global system, rather than on the formal clarity of its structure. This gives non-correspondence systems a robustness which highly structured systems do not possess. They can thus tolerate much more local disorder and yet be reproducible.

Type: Article
Title: The architecture of community: some new proposals on the social consequences of architectural and planning decisions
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Additional information: Imported via OAI, 22:14:04 9th Apr 2008
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School > Bartlett School of Architecture
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/5265
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