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Suburban Urbanities: Suburbs and the Life of the High Street

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Edited by Laura Vaughan | November 2015

Format 234 x 156mm 
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ISBN 978-1-910634-17-2
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Pages: 380

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Suburban space has traditionally been understood as a formless remnant of physical city expansion, without a dynamic or logic of its own. Suburban Urbanities challenges this view by defining the suburb as a temporally evolving feature of urban growth.

Anchored in the architectural research discipline of space syntax, this book offers a comprehensive understanding of urban change, touching on the history of the suburb as well as its current development challenges, with a particular focus on suburban centres. Studies of the high street as a centre for social, economic and cultural exchange provide evidence for its critical role in sustaining local centres over time. Contributors from the architecture, urban design, geography, history and anthropology disciplines examine cases spanning Europe and around the Mediterranean.

By linking large-scale city mapping, urban design scale expositions of high street activity and local-scale ethnographies, the book underscores the need to consider suburban space on its own terms as a specific and complex field of social practice

Laura Vaughan is Professor of Urban Form and Society at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. In addition to her longstanding research into London’s suburban evolution, she has written on many other critical aspects of urbanism today. Find out more about her research at https://urbanformation.wordpress.com/ and on Twitter at @urban_formation


Suburbs are as Old as the City Itself 
Laura Vaughan

Part A: Theoretical Preliminaries

1. The Suburb and the City 
Laura Vaughan, Sam Griffiths and Muki Haklay

2. The High Street as a Morphological Event 
Sam Griffiths

Part B: Suburban Centralities

3. Suburban Continuity and Change 
Ashley Dhanani

4. Spatial Memory and Shifting Centrality 
Nadia Charalambous and Ilaria Geddes

5. Street Quality, Street Life, Street Centrality 
Adel M. Remali, Sergio Porta, Ombretta Romice and Huyam Abudib

6. Beyond Lively Streets 
Borja Ruiz-Apilánez, Mayte Arnaiz and José M. De Ureña

Part C: High Street Diversity

7. High Street Diversity 
Laura Vaughan

8. High Street Transactions and Interactions 
Garyfalia Palaiologou

Case Study 1: High Street Productivity 
Fiona Scott

Case study 2: High Streets and the Pedestrian realm 
Yodan Rofè, Galit Yerushalmi, Moshe Margalith and Ahuva Windsor

Part D: Everyday Sociability

9. Street Interaction and Social Inclusion 
Ann Legeby, Meta Berghauser Pont and Lars Marcus

10. Sociability and Ethnic Identity 
Angela Piragauta

11. Being Suburban 
David Jeevendrampillai

Glossary of Space Syntax



Huyam Abudib; Mayte Arnaiz;  Meta Berghauser Pont; Nadia Charalambous; Ashley Dhanani; Ilaria Geddes; Sam Griffiths; Muki Haklay; David Jeevendrampillai; Ann Legeby; Lars Marcus; Moshe Margalith; Garyfalia Palaiologou; Angela Piragauta; Sergio Porta; Adel M. Remali; Yodan Rofè; Ombretta Romice; Borja Ruiz-Apilánez; Fiona Scott; José M. de Ureña; Laura Vaughan; Ahuva Windsor; Galit Yerushalmi