A number of studies paradoxically affirms that the presence of pedestrians on streets causes drivers to travel more slowly. More people on the streets leads to improved safety. The project aims to strike a good balance between pedestrians and vehicles by establishing a network of in-street squares on a neighborhood level.
Like many of the world’s cities, traffic congestion is also a major problem in Turin in Italy. The streets have rapidly become filled with cars, relegating pedestrians to narrow sidewalks. Walking through the city streets has become
unpleasant and often unsafe, so people walk less and use the car more frequently.
By intervening with design in the domain of infrastructures, and people’s behaviors, the project addresses the integration of traffic with other forms of human activity.
By taking advantage of existing road safety regulations and road safety designs, the street areas in front of
schools, housing for the elderly, medical centers, churches and the like, can be transformed into spaces designed for primarily for people. The in-street squares are designed with people in mind; the design solutions focus on creating an attractive and comfortable place to wait, meet and rest. The paved and furnished area is a welcome change from the usual street environment filled with asphalt and traffic signs. It also reinforces the safety of existing vulnerable areas by creating physical and psychological barriers that slow down drivers’ speed. This practical design approach
aims to create a safe, pleasant urban environment for people, where streets can be enjoyed as places.
Design thinking as a creative process can bring new approaches to the use of public space and open new paths for urban design.