Mind the gaps! A research agenda for urban interstices

Cristian Silva, Nicholas Phelps

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Processes of urbanisation can hardly be considered without reference to the spaces that lie between developments. However, the literature on such interstitial spaces is fragmentary. In this paper we draw together insights from the extant literature into a research agenda on urban interstices. We propose a research agenda centred on four themes: the multiple geographic scales at which the interstitial spaces of urban sprawl might be analysed; the pending nature of such spaces; their planned or unplanned character and their relational properties. We develop these themes, briefly illustrating them with reference to the case of metropolitan area of Santiago de Chile. In conclusion, we emphasise some of the implications of interstitial spaces for theories of urban politics and their value in forcing inter-disciplinarity in urban studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1203-1222
JournalUrban Studies
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • built environment
  • infrastructure
  • interstices
  • land use
  • planning
  • urbanisation


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