Improving the Walkability of Subtropical Urban Areas: a case study analysis for the development of a design process

Braben, Oliver & Guaralda, Mirko (2013) Improving the Walkability of Subtropical Urban Areas: a case study analysis for the development of a design process. In_Bo Ricerche e progetti per il territorio, la cittá e l’architettura, pp. 81-103.

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This research develops a new framework to be used as a tool for analysing and designing walkable communities. The literature review recognises the work of other researchers combining their findings with the theory of activity nodes and considers how a framework may be used on a more global basis. The methodology develops a set of criteria through the analysis of noted successful case studies and this is then tested against an area with very low walking rates in Brisbane, Australia. Results of the study suggest that as well as the accepted criteria of connectivity, accessibility, safety, security, and path quality further criteria in the form or planning hierarchy, activity nodes and climate mitigation could be added to allow the framework to cover a broader context. Of particular note is the development of the nodal approach, which allows simple and effective analysis of existing conditions, and may also prove effective as a tool for planning and design of walkable communities.

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ID Code: 60628
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
Keywords: Walkability, Activity nodes, Pedestians, Placemaking, Urban Design
ISSN: 2036-1602
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Deposited On: 06 Jun 2013 07:49
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2013 05:30

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