Frontages and setbacks: a comparison of English and North American suburban houses

Alice Vialard, Agnieszka Wir-Konas, Alessandro Araldi

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This paper is interested in the physical form of frontage and in the elements of urban form that may influence it. Studying its morphology involves looking at all the scales to provide a comprehensive image of how it is taking shape. This work presents a survey of different type of suburban houses to show alternative models of frontage with a focus on North American models and their British counterparts. It then questions the meaning and value of transition space at the scale of a neighbourhood, highlighting the role of main thoroughfares and back alleys creating a hierarchy in the street frontages. It finally explores how the building and the plot respond to the street hierarchy by use of yards, room layout and architectural features.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalISUF 2020 Virtual Conference Proceedings
Issue numberPart One: Typology and Public space
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2021
EventISUF 2020 The 21st Century City: XXVII Conference of the International Seminar on Urban Form - University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning, Salt Lake City, United States
Duration: 1 Sept 20204 Sept 2020


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