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Explorations in generative street layout design

Marshall, S; Sutton, M; (1991) Explorations in generative street layout design. In: Carmona, M, (ed.) Explorations in Urban Design An Urban Design Research Primer. Routledge: Abingdon, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

The chapter explores the possibilities for generating urban layout structure based on street networks. This provides a demonstration of a network simulation tool – ‘NetStoat’ – which ‘grows’ layout structure according to a set of street-based rules. By controlling different street types and their relationships, we can generate urban layout in a structured way, but without a fixed plan. The chapter explores what urban layouts could arise, given different input parameters, testing a range of urban street network types, such as ‘traditional’, ‘hierarchical’ and ‘neo-traditional’, based on different combinations of rules of connection and frontage constraint. Sample results demonstrated include metrics of network length and the emergence of ‘high street spines’. The exploration provides insights into the structure and dynamics of layouts arising, pointing towards future application of street-based rules for generating urban layout.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Explorations in generative street layout design
ISBN-13: 9781315581606
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4324/9781315581606
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315581606
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.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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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 > The Bartlett School of Planning
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10079439
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