Urban morphology and housing stock granularity: a cross-scalar analysis

Cem S. Kayatekin (1), Lorenzo Uribe (2)
(1) Assistant Professor, IE School of Architecture and Design, Segovia, Spain, Spain,
(2) Junior Architect, OMA, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Netherlands

Abstract

Do urban-morphological parameters trickle down to impact the diversity and granularity of a district’s housing stock? Do urban-morphological parameters impact housing rental values? These are the main questions underpinning this mixed-method study of four districts across Madrid and Barcelona—two districts developed in a bottom-up manner and exhibiting high morphological heterogeneity, and two developed in a top-down manner and exhibiting high morphological homogeneity. The large-scale statistical analyses conducted via the course of this research delves into the cross-district variations and commonalities of residential values, dwelling unit sizes, plot sizes, block sizes, and street widths. Three findings of import are uncovered—(1) possessing an intricate urban-morphological (or housing stock) granularity does not come hand-in-hand with having high urban morphological (or housing stock) diversity; (2) despite not possessing a higher diversity of urban morphological elements, the bottom-up districts still behaved as slightly-divergent and more-affordable real estate bubbles when compared to the top-down neighborhoods; and (3) across all the districts examined, smaller-scale plots consistently supported more than their expected share of smaller-scale dwelling units.

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Authors

Cem S. Kayatekin
[email protected] (Primary Contact)
Lorenzo Uribe
Kayatekin, C., & Uribe, L. (2023). Urban morphology and housing stock granularity: a cross-scalar analysis. Environmental Science & Sustainable Development, 8(2), 32–52. https://doi.org/10.21625/essd.v8i2.1029

Article Details

Received 2023-10-01
Accepted 2023-11-29
Published 2023-12-31