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TitleAssessment of footpaths design on renovation of city centres
Author(s)Silva, J. F.
Oliveira, C.
Reis, C.
Silva, Lígia Torres
Keywordscity centres
soft modes
urban environment
Issue dateMay-2019
PublisherUniversidade do Porto. Faculdade de Engenharia (FEUP)
CitationSilva J. F., Oliveira C., Reis C., Silva L. T. Assessment of Footpaths Design on Renovation of City Centres., IRAS 2019 - First International Symposium on Risk Analysis and Safety of Complex Structures and Components, pp. 223-225, 978‐972‐752‐259‐0, 2019.
Abstract(s)Planning and developing the renovation and revitalization of historical city centres is a complex task, which demands integration across various fields of design and knowledge. A key concern in the renovation of city centres is the sustainability of the design solutions, and a central issue in this case regards the minimization of road traffic in these core areas. In this context, the option for soft mobility modes, such walking or cycling, is almost imperative nowadays. Thus, a walkable city centre significantly improves sustainable mobility, contributing for the reductions in air and noise pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and also increasing the attraction as commercial, cultural and leisure destination. To achieve this purpose, the permeability of the city centre should be worked, allowing the pedestrians to move easily around the historical centre. Promote a walkable city centre depends on how well the footpaths connections work and coexist with the other soft mobility modes and public transport, giving pedestrians the better choice in how to make their journeys. The geometrical design of the footpaths should also not be neglected, although in a historical city centre such characteristics are strongly conditioned by the existing urban morphology. For this reason, the assessment of those issues in a design phase is quite relevant for the perception of the overall quality of the proposed solution for the footpaths and the pedestrian streets [1] [2]. The main goal of this work is to present a set of indicators which can assess the footpaths design in the context of renovation of historical city centres. Four indicators were developed in order to evaluate the geometrical design and the ease of use of the footpaths, and the connection with public transport. These indicators were quantified and combined according to a combination procedure, resulting in a synthetic score for the Assessment of Footpaths Design on Renovation of City Centres (AFD), which reflects the quality of the proposed design solution.
TypeConference paper
Publisher version
AccessOpen access
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