From Housing Segregation to Integration in Public Space: A Space Syntax Approach Applied on the City of Södertälje
2010 (English)In: The Journal of Space Syntax, ISSN 2044-7507, Vol. 1, no 1, 92-107 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In Sweden, urban design and town planning is rarely addressed in anti-segregation initiatives. Architectural issues have more or less been confined to matters regarding housing policy. Although segregation is an inherently spatial concept, its spatial dimension is analysed using quite simple spatial models and weak theories on the relation between spatial and social phenomena, methods that provide few analytical insights from an urban design perspective. The Swedish cityscape is to a large extent characterized by post war development, strongly influenced by neighbourhood planning ideas.
What is conspicuous in many of these areas is the extreme segregation of public space and that many neighbourhoods are relatively spatially isolated from the city as a whole. Since prevailing approaches are giving weak guidance for urban design there will be an attempt in this paper to in part reconceptualise the issue and possible generate new ideas on how to approach segregation within urban design.
This paper investigates how configurational theories and methods can contribute to more nuanced descriptions of spatial relations within different neighbourhoods and in the city as a whole. If social segregation is related to segregation in public space it is essential to capture the configurational properties in a highly tangible way. The result shows that the space syntax approach has the ability to shed light on essential configurational differences between neighbourhoods and that these spatial descriptions give valuble insight regarding how urban form influences the spatial advantages that different areas afford. This opens for new possibilities for how policies in urban design can address the segregation problem that could be articulated with more efficient anti-segregation interventions, both on a neighbourhood level and on a city level.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 1, no 1, 92-107 p.
Public space, urban form, housing segregation, co-presence
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-59871OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-59871DiVA: diva2:476471
QC 201201232012-01-122012-01-122016-07-18Bibliographically approved