New Strategies for the Spatial Re-configuration of Railway Stations Surroundings

By Giancarlo Carmelino, Momoyo Kaijima and Toshihiro Hanazato.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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In the last fifty years, the rapid population growth of Lima City has contributed to its unplanned expansion and its emerging means of transportation. In 2012, the new railway system contributed to transformations in the city’s socio-spatial dynamics through new forms of pedestrians’ interactions and mobility. In this context, the railway infrastructure became an urban barrier affecting two important spatial elements: the block borders and the street gap. This paper aims to explore those socio-spatial dynamics and to formulate re-configuration strategies for one railway surrounding located in Lima City: La Cultura station. Data collection was based on observations of the block borders and street gap surrounding La Cultura station between December 2013 and June 2014. The analysis adopted a qualitative method divided into four stages and concluded in a design proposal. Results showed that socio-spatial dynamics affect configuration, usage, and value of the city’s spatial structure. The block borders provide the built character of the area whereas the street gap composes scenarios for the realization of socio-spatial dynamics. Therefore, examinations of both elements are essential to comprehending the existing socio-spatial dynamics in a particular context in order to adopt design tools and to overcome urban barriers caused by the railway system.

Keywords: Urban Barrier, Public Space, Socio-spatial Dynamics, Nodality, Railway Station Surroundings

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 7, Issue 3, September 2016, pp.1-17. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 4, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.496MB)).

Giancarlo Carmelino

PhD Candidate, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan

Momoyo Kaijima

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan

Toshihiro Hanazato

Professor, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan