New Open Access Book: Suburban Urbanities: Suburbs and the Life of the High Street

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Architecture and Architectural History, Geography, Social History / Studies, Urban Design and Planning, Urban History / Studies

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UCL Press is delighted to announce the publication of an open access book that may be of interest to members of this list: Suburban Urbanities: Suburbs and the Life of the High Street.

Edited by Prof Laura Vaughan, this title available in both open access (ISBN: 978-1-910634-17-2; http://ow.ly/X2F23 ) and print editions (paperback, £25.00, ISBN: 978-1-910634-13-4 | hardback, £45.00, ISBN: 978-1-910634-14-1).

Download a free open access copy: http://ow.ly/X2F23

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

About the editor

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.

Download a free open access copy: http://ow.ly/X2F23

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