Visual creases in urban topology: high streets as visual markers of our social

De Kock, Pieter (2019) Visual creases in urban topology: high streets as visual markers of our social. Urbana: Urban Affairs and Public Policy, 20 . pp. 34-53. ISSN 2151-1896

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Abstract

As continuously connected surfaces making up “80% of the unbuilt area” in our urban (UN-Habitat & Clos, 2013), streets are self-regulating urban devices for funnelling vehicles. High streets however are artefacts along this predominantly hostile network, that articulate temporal moments of sustainable meaning. In this study our relationship with urban meaning is considered through the analogy between high street and a concept of visual creasing in the landscape. It is a metaphorical representation highlighting how dynamic access points into the social exist at our intersection with high streets. High streets act as change agents of behaviour. They facilitate urban mobility of our senses, beyond the inhospitable agglomeration of autopoietic function. The paper engages philosophically with displaced space, mixed use, visual meaning, and conditions of alienation by referencing previously documented case studies; while simultaneously constructing a case study of its own. The conclusion reached is that there is a sense of visual sustainability evident in the persistence of meaning defined by the social armature that is the high street. The concept of visual creases as visual
markers of social territories is an important consideration around future research into functioning aspects of high streets, including but not limited to viability, durability, and maintenance.

Keywords:Artefacts, Fast and frugal, Architecture, Urban, Heuristics
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K440 Urban studies
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K100 Architecture
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K110 Architectural Design Theory
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Architecture)
ID Code:39136
Deposited On:09 Dec 2019 09:52

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