Planning and Design for Liveable Public Spaces

We live in an increasingly urbanized world with a rising demand for travel within and between urban territories. At the same time we face the challenge of reducing the footprint of urban mobility while improving quality of life in future cities. A walkable city has to be built and walkability depends on the physical conditions for it, how the uses in our cities are distributed and how we can make use of the spaces through which we are moving on foot. This category welcomes new approaches, plans, designs and projects that show walking as integral part of future cities. This category is open for projects that aim to improve the quality of public spaces to increase liveability and walkability. Projects can be real, speculative or in the pipeline and touch on permanent constructions as well as temporary interventions.

Keywords: Public Space, Open Space, Walkability, Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Post-oil City, Urban Change, Urban Experiment, Placemaking

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  • Josefstadt towards WALK21 policy!

    The district council of the Josefstadt committed unison to the Walk 21 Charter - as the first district in Vienna! The step towards a walking-friendly district was initiated by a citizen-driven pilot-project of the Local Agenda 21 process, that aims to raise awareness for the needs of pedestrians and to highlight the potentials of the small-scale structured district as a walking-friendly area.
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  • Camina Monterrey 2040

    'Camina Monterrey 2040' is a proposal for the transformation of several of Monterrey's metropolitan areas based on walkability criteria and various strategic foresight methodologies. It's main goal is to establish a sequence of planning strategies that will lead to the development of enough walkable urban places whereas Monterrey can be considered a leading walkable city in the year 2040.
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  • Safe streets = Safety pulse of city

    There were 73% pedestrian fatalities in urban areas, 77% at non-intersection locations, 90% in normal weather conditions and 67% at night” in 2007 (NHTSA,2007). The Safe Streets for Baltimore team decided to take on this challenge to reduce the fatalities as possible within the realm of physical design interventions.
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  • Jezzine Barracks

    Previously home to 31st Battalion for over 120 years, and local traditional owner clans before, the 15ha site has been transformed into parkland. Jezzine Barracks fills a missing link enabling a 10.2km connection between Townsville’s CBD, The Strand and suburbs Rowes Bay and Palleranda. This link improves the city's walkability and provides visitors opportunities to take in the Coral Sea view.
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  • Pocket Park

    The transformation of left out urban pockets in the city of Tirana into pocket parks through community participation.
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  • Pedestrian Interventions

    Our project aims to recover a city designed for people, and not for cars. To achieve that, we started redesigning the public space and recovering the spaces that had been won by the car to be used by people now. As far as a walkability plan is concerned, we put the pedestrians in the centre, and we try to give them the necessary protection to enjoy walking the city.
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  • PAM_PIHE_VLC

    As inhabitants and architects we made a counterproposal to the official redeveloping plans, it was a lost chance to improve urban quality life. The municipality answered technical objections, so we opened two lines of work, one has been answering technical buts, second adding local’s knowledge as more people got engaged. Then, we did it, real scale action, turning into a neighbours' own proposal.
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  • Bond Street Activation

    Bond Street was a service lane in the heart of Wellington. We wanted to make it a destination for pedestrians as well. We painted the street, added large flower pots, chairs and tables and created an event space. We attracted more people to the street, raised the profile of the businesses located there, and improved the perception of the street to support economic sustainability.
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  • HUMANO! Public life survey

    We always talk about pedestrians, streets and public spaces but we difficulty consider how people behave in urban areas, we always talk about sort of 'ideal models' of cities and interventions, but we forget to understand the real people´s necessities of places and activities. Our project aims to inform urban planners and designers to deliver sincere spacial answers to people´s needs.
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  • PDC Ciudad Jardin

    A walkable, enjoyable, cohesive, well connected, a human scale city; where people gather, look into the eyes of each other, therefore a safer, friendly and a kind city; where home, school, work, services, recreation activities are in the proximity, where most trips are made on foot or by bike, and have multimodal transport stations.
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  • Listening and ReProducing

    Listening and ReProducing “Äußere Mariahilferstrasse” via Soundwalk and Research: A special focus of this project is to put on the investigation of the auditive space of “Äußere Mariahilferstrasse” (Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus, 15th District of Vienna). The main question that we would like to discuss and answer here: how do strollers listen and produce, construct their auditory space?
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  • The Walkable Neighborhood v1.0

    "Act Local, Think Global", The Walkable Neighborhood aims at targeting the valuable insights gathered from the community and come up with an integrated ecosystem of smart-tech, public-spaces addressing various issues of Safety/Security, Public Hygiene, Public Congregation Spaces and in general making Walking an Interesting Experience.
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  • Principal Pedestrian Networks

    Principal Pedestrian Networks methodology provides a platform for strategic pedestrian network planning by local governments. It identifies parts of the existing urban fabric which cater for the highest pedestrian movements and improves the quality of those environments. Resulting in high quality environments on the shortest possible route, thereby encouraging and increasing walking.
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  • The Liveability Project

    Liveable public spaces are those which are inclusive in design. Successfully designing such environments necessitates involving the community in the planning process. The Liveability app is an auditing and planning tool that enables active participatory design action which is essential to producing liveable and public spaces.
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  • Rebranding Nemea

    Rebranding the city of Nemea into a new wine destination in Greece, and the role of mobility on facilitating the experience of participation into a vivid, urban landscape.
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  • ZiP- Zitpaaltje Amsterdam

    ZIP is a street installation inspired by the amsterdammertjes and the dutch bike’s culture. Zip aims to activate street as a place to enjoy. Zip encourages people to rest, meet, chat and play. Zip invites us to consider the importance of the street as a social space instead of a mere traffic domain.
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  • Tender SURE – a walkable CBD

    Tender SURE is a set of street design guidelines which advocates for unhindered movement of vehicles and pedestrians by dividing the existing right of way to more equitable proportions. Seven roads in the CBD of Bangalore are being redeveloped with uniform travel lanes, designated cycle tracks and continuous footpaths as per these guidelines to bring back a walkable more liveable Bangalore.
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  • PUERTO ENCANTADO

    Puerto Encantado is located along the northern shore off the coast of Venezuela approximately 120 km from the capital city Caracas. It uses a compact mixed-use urban model that places pedestrians, bikers and universal access at the center of design decisions.
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  • Freedom for the Historical Park

    Freedom for the Historical Park This place used to be nice in past. There was not any way ,industrial port. It was possible to see skyline when looking from the park. But now ,there is have highway, cranes, buildings and exhaust. Historical park is imprisoned by highways and port. Our fiction inthe project breakage these chains(highways) and re-liberation of this space.
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  • A Walkable City – Yuncheng, China

    A design thesis project for the future development of Yuncheng, China, especially about the concept of 'walking' in China's smaller cities.
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  • WalkBikeNC

    WalkBikeNC is the most innovative statewide pedestrian and bicycle plan in the United States. It is North Carolina’s first statewide plan to define a transformative vision for improving conditions for people walking and bicycling. The Plan is built around a five-pillar framework: Safety, Health, Economy, Mobility, and Environment.
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  • Reimagining Public Space

    This project looks to involve local communities in the design process and physical transformation of residual public spaces found along the Transmilenio BRT lanes.
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  • P108 walkways rehabilitation

    Set within an existing social housing complex, a series of linear paths were transformed into zigzagging walkways that encourage leisure walks that knit together two existing plazas. The walkways are made more inhabitable by a complex shading system and by the introduction of small pockets of rest areas equipped with furniture that encourages various social interactions.
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  • ‘DeyalKotha’ – the wall attic

    DeyalKotha is a design intervention project that promotes interactive education for the disadvantage communities living next to the Tejgaon Flyover in Dhaka city through an amalgamation of artworks and cultural activities using the unutilized space under wall. This pilot project has been initiated by Sahjabin Kabir, Tanzia Islam and their small team.
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  • ČUFARJEVA STREET

    Transformation of public space with small interventions with the aim of reducing car traffic in the vicinity of schools and kindergartens.
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  • SOFT PROMENADES

    Soft Promenades suggests the act of walking as the most basic and primitive premise for art and architecture, providing a platform for the embodiment of our culture. Not only the cultural transformation of the old oil tank depot built in 70s in Korea, but also we suggest how people get there in order to make a critical impact to the community and the city.
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  • Hoian Public Spaces Master Plan

    “Hoian Public Spaces (PS) Master Plan” is a 5 years strategy 2015 – 2020 for preservation and development PS in Hoian city, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Central Vietnam. The Plan intended to ensure the PS for Hoian’s dwellers within reasonable walking distance of 400m to 800m, which equal a five to ten minutes walk. The plan’s goal is to build PS network for Hoian Livable City.
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  • Mira Dónde Pisas

    "Mira Dónde Pisas" is a temporary intervention in public space marking the obstacles on sidewalks to alert pedestrians of tripping hazards. As a Tactic to Pay Attention, painting with contrasting color every protruding object, level change and uneven surface, that could cause trips and falls to pedestrians. Making the invisible visible and practicing the ability to see what others overlook.
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  • A Walk around the Block

    A Walk around the Block is a research project which examines whether intentional and performative acts of walking can effect changes in the attitudes and perceptions of walkers to their neighbourhood and environment that might encourage dialogue and exchange among diverse communities, broadening participation in the process of community revitalisation. It was a bit of a Utopian idea...!
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  • Go by foot

    Have nicer and easier areas to walk in the city is the premise of this project, to make you discover, travel and wonder the city.
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  • Planned Cities Catalog

    Planned Cities Catalog is a project that aims to index significant planned cities to uncover the subconscious proclivities that arise from either particular designed configurations or subsequent mechanic or organic growth in the hopes to ascertain functional arrangements of a post-oil city where walking is seen as the preferred choice of human mobility—not a hindrance to cities’ development.
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  • The North Shore Spirit Trail

    The Spirit Trail is a visionary project that will connect Vancouver’s North Shore communities with a common, waterfront oriented alternative transportation route. This fully accessible greenway will connect previously isolated communities while linking major destinations and providing breathtaking views of the Burrard Inlet and the North Shore Mountains.
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  • A Space for Everybody!

    PORTO em MOVIMENTO is a civic platform that aims to improve the city of Porto starting from walking, playing, meeting, moving, sports and physical activity. It's an inclusive platform meant for everybody, citizens and organisations with a common passion: the city. We see a lot of possibilities to improve public space, through incremental actions using existing energies and available resources.
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  • Ecological and Recreative Corridor

    Bogotá’s Ecological and Recreational Corridor is a 50km project that seeks to protect the city’s Eastern Mountains while promoting human relationships, ethics, solidarity and ecological values among the citizens. To achive this, the project designed a regenerative planning based on three main strategies to allow the citizens access to recreational/ecological spaces along the mountain chain.
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  • Cultivating the public spaces

    The project is to restore the social fabric of a sector of neighborhood spaces and common green areas, which are potential public spaces, through experiences of participatory design and construction of urban gardens, urban gardening as a tool for social transformation.
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  • Go Girl

    To celebrate the contribution of Kate Sheppard (a famous suffragette who led the campaign for the vote for women New Zealand), ‘Go Girl’ pedestrian lanterns were installed at eight intersections within the Wellington Parliamentary Precinct. The pedestrian lanterns "shine a light" on the suffrage movement, connecting the public realm with political and social history.
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  • An Accessible Urban Plan

    Accessibility as a tool in urbanism for connecting urban centers. The strategy: Urban art works on inclusion of persons with disabilities.
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  • City of Melbourne Walking Plan 2014

    Walking is often overlooked as a serious mode of transport as cities focus on vehicle based transport. The City of Melbourne Walking Plan positions walking as the primary mode of transport in the city. It established walking connectivity as being a key driver of the knowledge economy and determined that a ten per cent increase in walking connectivity would add $2.1 billion to the economy.
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  • The Green Arusha city we want

    Arusha is known for its strategic location to access most of the tourism attractions in the country. As the city council prepares a new master plan, most of stakeholder envisage a green city which will be liveable, not only for local citizens, but also for tourists. This research hopes to shed light on availability and current uses of open spaces as an input towards Arusha they want.
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  • Off The Mapp: A Spatial Manifesto

    OFF THE MAPP is a spatial manifesto. It is an application that attempts to reprogram existing social and economic space within the city. OFF THE MAPP is employed through an application that automatically switches technological devices into flight mode when a chosen boundary is crossed. The application will disconnect pedestrians, encouraging a new spatial awareness and a reliance on human contact.
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  • Arviat Eco Park, Nunavut, Canada

    Poor walkability is not exclusively an urban problem. In Canada's rapidly growing northern communities, walkability has taken a back seat to more acute social and environmental challenges. Arviat's Eco Park is a new model for the North, providing safe and comfortable places to walk within the community, while keeping traditional bonds to the land alive through programming and interpretive design.
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  • Building Walkability With Data

    UN-Habitat together with SafetiPin (urban safety app) have initiated a project focused on walkability and gender in Nairobi, Delhi and Bogota. The initiative empowers women and girls as agents of change in making their communities safer, and equips local authorities with baseline data. The project also analyses the complex perceptions of safety which influence trip patterns for women and girls.
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  • Healthy Active by Design

    Effective urban design can make a difference to how people use transportation networks, buildings and public spaces which can have a positive or negative impact on our health. To address this the Heart Foundation has collaborated with planning, transport and local government groups across Western Australia to develop Healthy Active by Design an online tool kit. www.healthyactivebydesign.com.
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  • WILDGARTEN

    The project generates a contemporary community for a democratic, sustainable suburban scene. Instead of proposing a pre-designed urban tissue, the project tenders a collective pattern based on a grid of gardens that structure the area as a big car–free island. The gardens work as support not only for the built, but also for the many urban process that happen in the contemporary city.
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  • Every Street is Great for Walking

    The City of Burnaby has developed new street standards for its four densest neighbourhoods. The standards incorporate many features to enhance walkability and liveability. By applying these standards to entire neighbourhoods, Burnaby is creating the opportunity for people of all abilities to complete their entire walking trip using streets of the highest quality.
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  • URBAN DESIGN OF PROXIMITY

    Through an anthropological approach based on a visual urban observation, I introduce two new urban models: the design of proximity and the arborescent street design (micro scale for pedestrian) to develop new cities and sustainable neighborhoods. The rediscovering of the value of the medina as a new sustainable model of urbanity could accelerate the preservation of ancient Mediterranean cities.
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  • Toward JKT’s Walkable Urban Spaces

    As part of urban mobility, street should help to establish positive community, to do activities together which also mean accessibility to get where they want and need to go. Moreover, ‘good street’ are those which provide safety and physical comfort where people from various background can blend together and encourage participation on them either to spend time or to walk with leisure.
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  • Foot Traffic

    Simple convertible equipment allows main thoroughfares to relax for the weekend, taking a break from cars and inviting pedestrians to enjoy life in the big city.
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  • Eco Passage – Tehran’s Modern Center

    In order to make a plan for the abandoned area above the “Resalat tunnel” , the east-west connection of the city is made not only by traffic and vehicular routes, but also by introducing a new pedestrian passage, which will bring new commercial, cultural and social dimension to this part of Tehran.
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  • GreaterPlaces; the place for cities

    GreaterPlaces is an online community devoted to city and town design. Like Houzz for interiors, GreaterPlaces is a crowdsourced, organized, visual, & networked site to connect people looking for great ideas on cities with civic innovators around the world. Our growing collection of best practices shows the "how to" for great streets, parks, buildings, governance and more.
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  • Butterflies’ Bridge

    In Buenos Aires city the Butterflies’ Bridge is a respectful intervention on the past, proposing a sustainable everyday singular scenario, with a hopeful speech of a better livable city. Where from both sides of the river is linked by pedestrian people, strengthening social ties, local identity and extend that biodiversity.
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  • CONTINUITY

    CONTINUITY! Pedestrians, vehicles, bicycle drivers..
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  • Camina

    "Camina" is a strategy of ITDP Mexico (Institute for Transport and Development Policy). The main objective is to claim the place of the pedestrian as the first actor of the public space. This initiative has begun with awesome Tactical Urbanism interventions for pedestrian rights in Mexico City. Armed with traffic cones and clear signage we change the geometry of streets in a walkable scale.
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  • Walking toward a new city structure

    When thinking about walking in the context within Marrickville Local Government area we looked at removing impediments or barriers to walking: Question/Solution Is there a reason to walk? Give me a reason to walk. Is it nice to walk? Make it comfortable to walk. Can I walk there? Make it easy to get around. Are there people around, do I feel safe? Improve activation and safety.
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  • Urban Communication

    The project "Urban Communication" is part of a micro-study to test participative intervention as a tool to activate urban public space and to involve local people into the redesign of their neighbourhood.
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  • Ecological Corridors of Mobility

    Caracas has given its back to its water landscape. If we bring the covered creeks back to the surface and transform them into a network of lineal parks, then pedestrians, bikes and public transportation will have an unquestionable priority above the car. It is an extraordinary opportunity to solve many of the city's problems in terms of walkability, urban continuity and ecological preservation.
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  • The Living Streets – Turin Case

    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.
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  • La #CalleEjemplar

    The “Calle Ejemplar” is a citizen-led initiative, whose main goal is to temporarily redistribute space in a specific street, so that it can be democratically shared: wider sidewalks, biking infrastructure, well-organized parking spaces and narrower roadways that reduce speed. By transforming specific areas of the street, more public space is guaranteed and available for people to enjoy.
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  • Días de Playa

    During November and December of 2014 Días de Playa took place, a project whose aim is to recover public space and the appropriation of one of the most emblematic avenues of the city, La Playa, through ludic and recreational activities for the enjoyment of the citizens.
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  • GREEN CIVIC SQUARE

    GREEN CIVIC SQUARE When we look the bird-eye view to Hastings,we see that the city is surrounded by fields. The establishment of Hastings took place depending on agriculture. This settlement,what began as a small agricultural village, has grown thanks to cultural activities. We think that the Hastings civic square should also take inspiration from the its history.
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  • Safe Streets for Baltimore

    Safe Streets for Baltimore: Adapting stream daylighting idea and methods for streets.
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