Rethinking suburban design: streets v/s alleys in improving network connectivity

Khaled Alawadi, Asim Khanal, Sara Al Hinai

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The notion of an urban-suburban dichotomy is deep-rooted in the literature, which regularly denigrates suburbs and nostalgically g lorifies urban centres. Meanwhile, suburbs have continued to dominate the urbanization process in many regions. This paper does not reject suburbs as an undesirable phenomenon but instead investigates how suburbs can be improved. Taking Abu Dhabi and Dubai as case studies, the article studies the connectivity efficiency of 32 suburban samples. Results reveal that not all suburbs have inefficient connectivity, but there is a room for improvement. Reclaiming alleys could enhance connectivity by 31% in some areas.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)725-745
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Urban Design
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2021


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