Mapping Urban Interfaces: A Typology of Public/Private Interfaces in Informal Settlements

By Hesam Kamalipour.

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

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Urban interfaces play a key role in enabling the different forms of social and economic exchange and the ways in which open space is contested and appropriated in informal settlements. Many upgrading practices involve a transformation of public/private interfaces. The transition between public and private territories is one of the critical issues in planning, urban design, and architecture that has the capacity to enable or constrain exchange and production. This paper develops a typology for analysing and mapping public/private interfaces in informal settlements. Drawing on the evidence from multiple case studies of informal settlements in Southeast Asia, South Asia, and South America, a typology of six interface types is introduced based on the criteria of proximity and connectivity. The study is informed by direct observation, visual recordings, and urban mapping to shed light on the ways in which urban interfaces work in informal settlements.

Keywords: Urban Interface, Informal Urbanism, Typology, Urban Morphology, Urban Mapping, Public Open Space

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.1-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: November 30, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.269MB)).

Hesam Kamalipour

PhD Candidate, Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia