Generic tissues in the US : developing a systematic classification based on endurance

Scheer, Brenda Case; (2022) Generic tissues in the US : developing a systematic classification based on endurance. In: Annual Conference Proceedings of the XXVIII International Seminar on Urban Form. University of Strathclyde Publishing, Glasgow, pp. 192-200. ISBN 9781914241161

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This paper develops a tissue classification method that is applied to modern city form. The identification and classification of urban tissues in the United States, even if not definitive, is a useful exercise to undertake. It has potentially many applications, so that a particular tissue type or a variety of types, can be correlated with other actions in research and practice. For example, tissues types in a specific place could be correlated with air pollution, with crime, and with water usage. Providing a framework for identifying tissues, and inviting further expansion of the data set, is the ultimate goal of this paper. The author has already analysed several pieces of this puzzle through research and documentation on the morphology of suburbs, of gridded city centres, of edge cities, of historic fabrics, and of suburban commercial territories at different periods in US history. This paper will create a visual matrix as a starting point for a "tissue" catalogue. The matrix is organized by endurance of tissues (origin of the initial foundation fabric), as well as the concepts of "static, elastic, and campus" tissue.

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