Limited permeability in the enclaved city
2010 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Social segregation in Sweden’s metropolitan areas is considered a major societal problem. Several national initiatives have been launched to ameliorate residential segregation but so far they have been only marginally effective. This paper argues that the Swedish debate on urban segregation lacks a nuanced discussion about the impact of the built environment. To what extent are people favoured or disfavoured by urban form? To what extent are people in segregated areas prevented access to Swedish society through their everyday life experiences? To capture the role of the built environment this paper suggests a shift in focus from a discussion framed in terms of residential segregation to considering the segregating effect urban layouts can have on peoples’ chances to share urban space and share everyday practices.
The empirical study has an experience-oriented spatial approach. Configurational analysis (using space syntax and place syntax) in combination with population analysis (censusbased) and analysis of the potential for a mix of people (residents and non-residents) in public space allow social segregation to be studied in relation to spatial segregation. Results indicate that segregation of urban space, including restricted access to a range of resources – such as job opportunities and contact with other people – is a tangible feature of segregated neighbourhoods. These are insights that can inform the development of improved urban design policies and interventions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
urban segregation, spatial segregation, accessibility analysis
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-59885OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-59885DiVA: diva2:476546
The Eighteenth International Seminar on Urban Form, Montreal, 26-29 August 2011
QC 201201232012-01-122012-01-122012-01-23Bibliographically approved