Book Chapter

Streetlife rhythms

E Pafka

Mapping Urbanities: Morphologies, Flows, Possibilities | Routledge | Published : 2017

Abstract

Lefebvre's call for a 'rhythmanalysis' of the city has long inspired urban thinking, but like most texts on space it lacks any specific spatiality. This chapter is an empirical approach to urban rhythms through a comparative study of nine selected street intersections in London, New York and Melbourne. It explores the links between the daily and weekly rhythms of pedestrian flows and the detailed morphology and functional mix of the urban context. Such mapping is a means of revealing the synergies between morphology and streetlife that produce emergent and place specific polyrhythms.