Everyday Streets

Inclusive approaches to understanding and designing streets

Edited by Agustina Martire, Birgit Hausleitner, and Jane Clossick

ISBN: 9781800084407

Publication: May 25, 2023

What is this?

Everyday streets are both the most used and most undervalued of cities’ public spaces. They are places of social aggregation, bringing together those belonging to different classes, genders, ages, ethnicities and nationalities. They comprise not just the familiar outdoor spaces that we use to move and interact but also urban blocks, interiors, depths and hinterlands, which are integral to their nature and contribute to their vitality. Everyday streets are physically and socially shaped by the lives of the people and things that inhabit them through a reciprocal dance with multiple overlapping temporalities.

The primary focus of this book is an inclusive approach to understanding and designing everyday streets. It offers an analysis of many aspects of everyday streets from cities around the globe. From the regular rectilinear urban blocks of Montreal to the military-regulated narrow alleyways of Naples, and from the resilient market streets of London to the crammed commercial streets of Chennai, the streets in this book were all conceived with a certain level of control.
Everyday Streets is a palimpsest of methods, perspectives and recommendations that together provide a solid understanding of everyday streets, their degree of inclusiveness, and to what extent they could be more inclusive.

Agustina Martire is an urbanist and Senior Lecturer in Architecture at Queen's University Belfast.

Birgit Hausleitner is an architect and urbanist, and Lecturer at Delft University of Technology.

Jane Clossick is an urbanist and Senior Lecturer in Architecture at London Metropolitan University.

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List of contributors

Agustina Martire, Birgit Hausleitner, Jane Clossick

Part 1: The social life of everyday streets
Agustina Martire, Birgit Hausleitner, Jane Clossick

1 The agency of small things: indicators of ownership on the streets of Liverpool and Belfast
David Littlefield

2 Rituals of O’Connell Street: Commemoration, Display and Dissent
Kate Buckley

3 Street Life in Medieval London
James Davis

4 Who owns the street? The cases of Lange Reihe and Steindamm in Hamburg
Bedour Braker

5 Streets after dark: The experiences of women, girls and gender-diverse people
Gill Matthewson, Nicole Kalms, Jess Berry, Gene Bawden 

6 A tourist catwalk: the pedestrianisation of Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, Lisbon
Manuel João Ramos

7 The streets that were there are gone … but Sailortown’s stories remain
Agustina Martire, Aisling Madden

Part 2: The form and use of everyday streets

Birgit Hausleitner, Jane Clossick, Agustina Martire

8  Vicoli as forms of proximity: Spanish Quarter; inhabiting a network
Orfina Fatigato

9 Spatial-structural qualities of mixed-use main streets. Two case studies from the Amsterdam metropolitan region
Birgit Hausleitner, Mae-Ling Stuyt

10 Kiruna, lost and found: Identity and memory in the streetspace of the Arctic town
Maria Luna Nobile

11  Foundational economy and polycentricity in the five squares of the pedestrian zone of Favoritenstrasse, Vienna
Sigrid Kroismayr, Andreas Novy 

12 Reclaiming streets for people in urban India
Deepti Adlakha

13 Investing in (post-covid) street appeal
Matthew Carmona

Part 3: Localography
Jane Clossick, Agustina Martire, Birgit Hausleitner

14 Learning from Castleblayney: conversation and action in a small Irish town.
Miriam Delaney, Orla Murphy

15 Co-drawing: A design methodology for collective action
Antje Steinmuller, Christopher Falliers

16 An inventory of the street: Case studies from Montréal
Carole Lévesque, Thomas-Bernard Kenniff

17 A walk between disciplines: Listening to the composition of Ormeau Road
Elen Flügge, Timothy Waddell

18 Mapping everyday heritage practices: Tivoli Barber Shop on North Street
Anna Skoura

19 Urban depth and social integration on super-diverse London high streets
Jane Clossick, Rebecca Smink

Jane Clossick, Agustina Martire, Birgit Hausleitner


Format: Open Access PDF

122 colour illustrations

Copyright: © 2023

ISBN: 9781800084407

Publication: May 25, 2023

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