Drawing the everyday heritage of streets
: North Street and Castle Street in Belfast

  • Anna Skoura

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


The homogenisation of urban environments, unimpeded by the UK planning system, has threatened the morphological and social complexity of high streets, as well as disrupted historic and cultural continuities that are crucial for cultural heritage. The scope of this thesis was to highlight the multiple factors that make streets places full of meaning, and significance for those who use them, arguing a wider understanding of heritage can inform design practices to create better places for the future. Employing the concept of everyday heritage, the study took the form of a methodology offering place-makers and heritage officials a guide on how to understand the complexity and multi-layered relationship between the tangible and intangible elements of streets. Combining positivist and interpretive approaches, this thesis drew from the fields of architecture, conservation, urban design, urban morphology, history, anthropology and human geography. Drawing served as a tool to analyse and communicate findings, observations and tacit knowledge.

Thesis embargoed until 31 July 2027
Date of AwardJul 2022
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Queen's University Belfast
SponsorsNorthern Ireland Department for the Economy
SupervisorAgustina Martire (Supervisor), James Davis (Supervisor) & Keith Lilley (Supervisor)


  • Heritage
  • urban design
  • urban morphology
  • high street
  • drawing
  • ethnography

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