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Examining three roles of urban “portals” in their relationship with “places” using social media photographs

Qian, Xiao; Heath, Tim

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Xiao Qian



Abstract

Portals are the transition spaces between paths and places in an urban environment such as the entrance to a square from a connecting street. This paper aims to explore different forms of portals by considering their relationship with places. In doing so, a people-generated image analysis was adopted for two case studies conducted in popular Chinese recreational venues: Sanlitun Village, Beijing; and Xintiandi, Shanghai. Through an analysis of nearly 53,000 Instagram photographs, three different roles that a portal can fulfil are identified and defined as the ‘doorway’, the ‘showroom’, and the ‘place’. These typologies are derived from a deeper understanding of urban space through the ‘eyes of the users’, and this knowledge can in turn influence the design process for the public realm and urban spaces.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 16, 2019
Online Publication Date Feb 27, 2019
Publication Date 2019-07
Deposit Date Feb 27, 2019
Publicly Available Date Feb 27, 2019
Journal Cities
Print ISSN 0264-2751
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 90
Pages 207-215
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2019.02.011
Keywords Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management; Development; Sociology and Political Science; Urban Studies
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1590417
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264275118303718
Additional Information This article is maintained by: Elsevier; Article Title: Examining three roles of urban “portals” in their relationship with “places” using social media photographs; Journal Title: Cities; CrossRef DOI link to publisher maintained version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2019.02.011; Content Type: article; Copyright: © 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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