from Nathan Darroch MA PhD MIAM
An historical geographer considering the presence, property, and protection interfaces of transport infrastructure and its environment.
Last updated 28 November 2019
TOWARDS UNDERSTANDING THE INTERRELATIONSHIP OF TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE AND ITS ENVIRONMENT
Why is historical geography important to the understanding of an urban railway system?
“if you’re going underground,...why bother with geography?”
Henry (Harry) Beck, quoted in Ackroyd, P., 2012. pp.131-132.
“Historical geography is a sub-discipline of human geography concerned with the geographies of the past and with the influence of the past in shaping the geographies of the present and the future”.
Heffernan, M., 2008.
“if historical geography is about understanding how the past shapes the 'geographies of the present and the future', it must be used to advise and guide those managing and planning the urban environment, and its transport infrastructure, now and in the future”.
Darroch, N., just now.
The clickable images above show: how urban underground metro infrastructure (UUMI) and its environment affect one another over time; and a conceptual framework to show the three primary interfaces of presence, property, & protection and their nine sub-interfaces/enablers that can cause and can enable understanding of these.
But what are these interfaces? How have they affected and how will they continue to affect the design of urban infrastructure and thus the design of cities? Do they apply to other types of transport infrastructure; and non-urban environments? Can the conceptual framework (the subject of my PhD research) also be applied to these?
On this website, I primarily share with you my academic and professional findings relating to how urban underground metro infrastructure (UUMI) has been influenced by, has influenced, and will continue to influence the design of urban infrastructure in London. I also dabble in other transport systems and environments.
The purpose of this website is to: raise awareness and discussion of these interfaces academically, professionally, and for those with a personal interest; to gain feedback and observations from a wide audience; to stimulate a different perception of how we see our environments from the perspectives of presence, property, and protection.
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