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From housing segregation to integration in public space
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture, Urban Design. (Spatial Analysis and Design (SAD))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3173-853X
2009 (English)In: Proceedings of the 7th International Space Syntax Symposium / [ed] Daniel Koch, Lars Marcus and Jesper Steen, Stockholm: KTH, 2009, Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2009, , 12 p.065:1-065:12 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In Sweden, urban design and spatial 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 re-conceptualise the issue and possible generate new ideas on how to approach social segregation in a more spatially relevant way. 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. The result shows that the space syntax approach has the ability to shed light on essential configurational differences between neighbourhoods, even differences between neighborhoods that generally are ascribed similar characteristics, for example areas included in national antisegregation initiatives. If social segregation is related to segregation in public space it is essential that an approach is used that has the ability to capture such configurational properties. In this study it is found that more nuanced descriptions give valuable insight regarding the spatial conditions which opens for new possibilities for how policies in urban design can address the segregation problem and that this could be articulated with more efficient anti-segregation interventions, both on a neighbourhood level and on a city level.

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Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2009. , 12 p.065:1-065:12 p.
Keyword [en]
spatial configuration, housing segregation, public space, urban form
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-59879OAI: diva2:476520
The 7th International Space Syntax Symposium, Stockholm 8 – 11 June 2009
QC 20120124Available from: 2012-01-12 Created: 2012-01-12 Last updated: 2012-01-24Bibliographically approved

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