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Urban maze : A typological investigation in porous morphology and dynamic pedestrian networks

Guaralda, Mirko, Kumarasuriyar, Anoma C., Robertson, Elise, & Barbeler, Angela (2011) Urban maze : A typological investigation in porous morphology and dynamic pedestrian networks. In ISUF 2011, The Eighteenth International Seminar on Urban Form, Urban Morphology and the Post-Carbon City, August 26-29, 2011, Concordia University , Montreal, Canada.

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Abstract

Mixed use typologies and pedestrian networks are two strategies commonly applied in design of the contemporary city. These approaches, aimed towards the creation of a more sustainalble urban environment, have their roots in the traditional, pre-industrial towns; they characterize urban form, articulating the tension between privaate and public realms through a series of typological variations as well as stimulating commercial activity in the city centre.

Arcades, loggias and verandas are just some of the elements which can mediate this tension. Historically they have defined physical and social spaces with particular character; in the contemporary city these features are applied to deform the urban form and create a porous, dynamic morphology.

This paper, comparing case studies from Italy, Japan and Australia, investigates how the design of the transition zone can define hybrid pedestrian networks, where a clear distinction between the public and private realms is no longer applicable. Pedestrians use the city in a dynamic way, combining trajectories on the public street with ones on the fringe or inside of the private built environment. In some cases, cities offer different pedestrian network possibilities at different times, as the commercial precints are subject to variations in accessibility across various timeframes. These walkable systems have an impact on the urban form and identity of places, redefining typologies and requiring an in depth analysis through plan, section and elevation diagrams.

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ID Code: 43858
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Walkability, Urban Heritage, Typological Research and Design
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Urban Design (120508)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Deposited On: 14 Dec 2011 08:57
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 09:02

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