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Title: The impact of new connectivity solutions on topographically marginalised informal settlements : a study into the urban morphological and socioeconomic transformations resulting from cable-car interventions : the case of Medellin, Colombia
Author: Goodship, Paul
ISNI:       0000 0004 7965 1294
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2019
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Throughout Latin America cable-cars are fast becoming a common sight within a city's transport system, taking residents and tourists to and from previously isolated locations, providing much improved connections with the rest of the city. While this improvement in connectivity is clear to see, it is the social and economic benefits that are the main selling points, especially for topographically marginalised informal settlements. As cable-cars become more mainstream there is a need to question the actual and future role they play in transforming these types of informal settlements and how new solutions in spatial connectivity engage with existing socio-spatial components. This aims to make their future role within a comprehensive program of social and urban interventions more productive. This research does this through the case of Medellin, using a space syntax methodology to model the spatial connectivity of the city and analysing defined catchment areas. To understand the impact, a model of the city is examined 'with' and 'without' the cable-car connections and the results of this spatial analysis are then compared for each station and line at different urban scales. While this alone presents a reasonable set of indicators of change, this research goes further by exploring the extent of the local impact on surrounding areas. This is done through a series of movement observations and commercial (formal and informal commerce) land-uses surveys, completed at different times of the day for each station and while the cable-car is closed, producing another set of 'with' and 'without' results to overlay the spatial analysis results. This allows these local factors to be either associated with the attraction of the transport link or the configuration of the urban grid. The research concludes by examining a comparison case that does not have a cable-car and uses the analytical results from the existing cable-car to predict the impact for a future cable-car in this location.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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