Pavement cafes as the activity zone in the social life of neighbourhood centres

Mahmoudi Farahani, Leila and Beynon, David 2015, Pavement cafes as the activity zone in the social life of neighbourhood centres, in ASA2015: Living and learning: research for a better built environment : Proceedings of the 49th International conference of the Architectural Science Association, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 193-202.

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Title Pavement cafes as the activity zone in the social life of neighbourhood centres
Author(s) Mahmoudi Farahani, LeilaORCID iD for Mahmoudi Farahani, Leila orcid.org/0000-0003-3128-1805
Beynon, DavidORCID iD for Beynon, David orcid.org/0000-0002-8715-7582
Conference name Architectural Science Association. International Conference (49th : 2015 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 2-4 Dec. 2015
Title of proceedings ASA2015: Living and learning: research for a better built environment : Proceedings of the 49th International conference of the Architectural Science Association
Editor(s) Crawford, R. H.
Stephan, A.
Publication date 2015
Start page 193
End page 202
Total pages 10
Publisher University of Melbourne
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Keyword(s) social life
neighbourhood centre
commercial street
cafe culture
Summary This paper reports the findings from a research project that examines the relationship between urban design and the physical environment, and aspects of social and communal life in suburbs. Australian suburbs are perceived to be lacking in vitality and sociability. To address this, three suburban commercial streets were selected for investigation. Through documents and maps of the residents’ activities and behaviour, this study aims to identify the popular zones of activity and investigate the physical characteristics that encourage a sociable atmosphere in activity zones. The observation of activities in the three streets has been registered in tables relative to the date and time of occurrence. According to the behavioural mappings, the zones of activity are mostly shaped around pavement cafes and popular everyday food stores. Since more than half the activities have been observed to be initiated from the pavement cafes, this paper will investigate how the physical qualities of commercial streets such as the width of the pavements, personalization, soft edges and greenery have contributed to the pavement café culture in the selected neighbourhood centres.
ISBN 9780992383527
Language eng
Field of Research 120101 Architectural Design
120104 Architectural Science and Technology (incl Acoustics, Lighting, Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design)
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2015, University of Melbourne
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