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Issue 13 of architectural publication 2ha considers the physical, legal, economic and symbolic borders which bind our everyday definition of suburban life. Three essays outline the contested nature of this space and the multiple means of separation made for the benefit of some, to the exclusion of others.
Policy, Product & Process: Tracing the Lines of The Falls / Shankill Interface, Belfast
James O’Leary (Architect and Lecturer, UCL Bartlett) describes the origins of Belfast’s ‘Peace walls’, the shaping of the residential areas through which they run, and their continued impact on the development of the city.
Suburban Divides: The Physical and Symbolic Segregation of Suburban Space
Therese Kenna (Lecturer, UCC) discusses the shifting methods of boundary-making since the emergence of the modern suburb and how trends in design, urban governance, and the law are undermining the possibility of a shared metropolitan future.
The Chaotic Fringe: Race, Space, and Place in New Jersey, Mississippi, and Indiana
Walter Greason (Dean of the Honors School, Monmouth University) highlights the conflagration of race, racism, urbanism, and economic development which persists, and is in some cases maintained by the chaotic application of zoning principles in the United States’ ex-urban edge.
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