Book Chapter

Functional mix

K Dovey, E Pafka

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


The concept of functional mix has long been seminal to urban design thinking, primarily for the ways it shortens distances between urban attractions and distributes flows more efficiently over time. Yet the question of how to map and measure functional mix is far from resolved. This chapter shows how the mapping of functional mix can go beyond 'landuse' to incorporate vertical mixing on the same site and to show how mix transforms at different scales. The live/work/visit triangle diagram is proposed as the most promising framework for understanding the city as an assemblage of flows between different functions.