A new article has been published by Lars Marcus and Mohammad Sarraf in Advances in Social Science Research Journal: Cities and Cultural Diversity – is there a spatial form for multiculturalism.
While the affinity between society and the spatial form of cities is generally
acknowledged, the actual connection between them is seldom formalized. How
urban form distributes people and resources in urban space and how this may underpin
social relations, is rarely discussed in politics. Rather urban development is treated in
broad numbers, such as housing units. Since urban form is a central task in urban
planning and design, this is unfortunate given current challenges presented by
migration, multiculturality and growing inequality in cities. In the effort to
demonstrate such a link more thoroughly, this article addresses the spatial form of
multiculturalism. Importantly, the aim is not to argue for or against multiculturalism
or any particular take on cultural diversity, but rather how a political concept of this
kind more precisely may be translated into spatial form. In support, the article will
look into new developments in theory and methodology of spatial morphology known
as space syntax.