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Hidden in the most visible place: measuring visual accessibility and social performance of urban kiosks

Natapov, A; Grinshpun, H; (2020) Hidden in the most visible place: measuring visual accessibility and social performance of urban kiosks. Journal of Urban Design , 25 (3) pp. 412-432. 10.1080/13574809.2019.1592667. Green open access

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Abstract

How do street kiosks, a prominent example of ‘human-scale urban form’, generate new public space and encourage social encounters? To answer this question, this study applies an integrative methodology, combining (1) quantitative visibility analysis with (2) qualitative ethnographic fieldwork. Analyzing kiosks’ visibility allows distinguishing between the effect of search in familiar and in novel environments. The modes in which kiosks are used are traced, revealing that both commercial and non-commercial modes are maximized in places with higher visual integration. Further, the study unexpectedly discovers frequent illegitimate uses in places with a higher degree of visibility, despite higher surveillance and supervision.

Type: Article
Title: Hidden in the most visible place: measuring visual accessibility and social performance of urban kiosks
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13574809.2019.1592667
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/13574809.2019.1592667
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10074882
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