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Roads (dis)connecting cities and neighbourhoods: a socio-spatial study of Abu Dhabi

Peca Amaral Gomes, Alexandra ORCID: 0000-0002-3739-1127, Kyriazis, Apostolos, Schwinger, Peter, Montagne, Clemence and Zhand, Sepehr (2023) Roads (dis)connecting cities and neighbourhoods: a socio-spatial study of Abu Dhabi. LSE Middle East Centre Paper Series (80). LSE Middle East Centre, London, UK.

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Road infrastructure has played a crucial role in the rapid urban development of Gulf cities. However, it has frequently taken precedence over urban planning leading to high car dependency. In Abu Dhabi, roads connect spaces afar while creating barriers between neighbourhoods. This paper employs a mixed-method approach, combining observations, interviews and spatial analysis at both metropolitan and neighbourhood levels to investigate the relationship between technical road design, space and people. It highlights the significance of historical context, governance, planning and design tools in road design. The study aims to provide evidence-based analysis for policymakers and institutions, urging them to challenge car-centric development and prioritise people and the environment in road design. It concludes with reflections and policy recommendations to rethink road design and planning strategies, acknowledging their impact on Abu Dhabi’s urban dynamics and local communities.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2023 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE Cities
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2023 14:33
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2024 23:17

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