Roads belong in the Urban Landscape

Thomas Juel Clemmensen

Abstract


Roads are often associated with a fragmentation or splintering of landscapes
and their natural connectivity; particularly in relation to ‘green
infrastructure’ they are often considered problematic elements that
rupture and barricade. Conversely, as part of larger networks, roads can
be considered important elements in the creation of new, ‘green infrastructures’
that can qualify urban landscapes in terms of improving
their overall porosity and connectivity. This argument will be unfolded
and substantiated in this article through theoretical reflections which
conceptually re-locate road networks in the urban landscape, supported
by relevant reference projects that illustrate the potential of road networks
as a platform for ‘green infrastructure’.

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