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The suburban perimeter blocks of Madrid 10 years on: how residents’ level of satisfaction relates to urban design qualities

Iñigo, Javier and Mace, Alan (2018) The suburban perimeter blocks of Madrid 10 years on: how residents’ level of satisfaction relates to urban design qualities. Planning Perspectives. ISSN 0266-5433

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Identification Number: 10.1080/02665433.2018.1473789

Abstract

In the 1990s, the suburbs of Madrid saw the substantial development of new housing. New plans provided for 200,000 new homes over 7200 Ha of land. These developments eschewed earlier modernist forms of suburbanization in favour of the perimeter block that superficially echoed the ‘traditional’ built form of the city. But the new perimeter blocks and neighbourhood design varied from their inner-city counterparts and have been the subject of near universal criticism. Some 10 years after their occupation, we reappraise the development importantly adding the perspective of residents. While many of the design failings identified in the past are confirmed, we also reveal qualities that residents value. The study demonstrates the value of post hoc evaluation after residents have settled in and leads us to argue for the importance of better integrating the everyday life (lived experience) perspective into evaluations to achieve better places.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rppe20/current
Additional Information: © 2018 Informa UK Ltd
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Date Deposited: 16 May 2018 11:49
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2019 00:08
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/87959

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