Institutional Research Information Service
UCL Logo
Please report any queries concerning the funding data grouped in the sections named "Externally Awarded" or "Internally Disbursed" (shown on the profile page) to your Research Finance Administrator. Your can find your Research Finance Administrator at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/finance/research/post_award/post_award_contacts.php by entering your department
Please report any queries concerning the student data shown on the profile page to:

Email: portico-services@ucl.ac.uk

Help Desk: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ras/portico/helpdesk
Publication Detail
What are cities for ? and how does it relate to their spatial form ?
In this paper, we ask what cities are for, and how this relates to their spatial form. This is an issue on which space syntax so far has said nothing. It is routine to say cities exist to create contact, but this seems at least over-generalised, since cities are also often noted for their anonymity. Here we argue that cities exist to create not contact in general, but two very specific kinds of contact, and these relate to the dual form of what syntax has called the generic city – the idea that the urban grid is made up of two interlocking grids, each with its own metric and geometric properties: a foreground grid structured by and serving micro-economics, and a background grid structured by socio-cultural factors and serving mainly residence, the two being linked by a pattern of pervasive centres. These different spatial structures generate fundamental differences in social networks which in the foreground grid serve the need for morphogenesis, and in the background grid, the need for stability. The co-existence of microeconomic morphogenesis and socio-cultural stability is what the city is for, and it is both reflected in and created by the dual form of the generic city.
Publication data is maintained in RPS. Visit https://rps.ucl.ac.uk
 More search options
There are no UCL People associated with this publication
University College London - Gower Street - London - WC1E 6BT Tel:+44 (0)20 7679 2000

© UCL 1999–2011

Search by