Sidewalks are integral features of city centres. They provide the channels through which activities and interactions evolve and in turn these interactions cause the sidewalks to evolve. They help to articulate the builtform and open spaces in tying together. However, historically sidewalks have received less attention relative to urban squares and civic spaces. Owing to the concept of walkable cities, sidewalks are gaining importance. This paper provides a critical overview on the apparent ‘amnesia’ in urban design and planning theories and visits a popular sidewalk in Belfast city centre to examine the paradox and perspectives.
|Title of host publication||A Sense of place: Multidisciplinary Essays in honor of Malachy McEldowney|
|Editors||Frank Gaffikin, Stephen McKay, Michael Murray, Brendan Murtagh, Ken Sterrett|
|Place of Publication||Belfast|
|Publisher||Queens University Belfast|
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2015|