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Title: Sociability vs accessibility : urban street life
Author: Mahdzar, Sharifah Salwa Binti Syed
Awarding Body: University College London (University of London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis develops a theoretical and practical framework of analysis for measuring the liveliness of urban streets. It studies the inter-related functions of streets to cater for the dynamic activities of people (walking) and the more static activities such as stopping, sitting, standing, waiting, watching, eating, etc. Practically, this framework measures the empirical relationship (the configuration) between these spatial and social functions, (the accessibility and sociability of the street). The sociability is measured through the capacity of the street to accommodate static activities. The accessibility relates to the ability of the street to accommodate and distribute static activities within its local and global network. Theoretically, the former regards the street as a setting, or a place wherein the dual processes of interactions between people and between people and the environment, are expressed. The latter subsequently regards the street as the conduit through which processes of interaction occur simultaneously. The thesis also considers the impact of socio-physical and syntactical variables in the street. The socio-physical variables are the topography of the physical designs such as building indents, ledges, windowsills, etc. The syntactical variables are the topology of the spatial connectivity of the local and global network of the streets in the area. In doing so it asserts that pedestrian static activities are the predominant social variable in the street.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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