Special Issue "Walkable living environments"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2020).
Interests: spatial planning; spatial simulation; geodemographics; geographic data analysis of socioeconomic and population data; planning 2.0; participation 2.0; e-democracy; e-participation
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Interests: urban sustainability appraisal, simulation and evaluation models for planning and urban, territorial and environmental public policies, decision support systems, urban walkability assessment methods and tools, cellular automata models, agent-based models, urban capabilities measurements and evaluation
Interests: non-motorised transports, integrated LU&Transport planning; sustainable and active travel policies, urban walkability, analysis and evaluation of travel behaviours and individual preferences, impacts of transports on environment, safety, quality of life and human capabilities, sustainable transportation systems, urban street planning and design
Planning and design for walkable living environments represents an important, useful and feasible challenge for cities and regions.
It is important for the quality of life of everyone, first of all for disadvantaged groups of inhabitants.
It is important for individual and public health, because it decreases traffic, pollution, noise and promotes healthier lifestyles.
It is important for people’s safety and security because it makes urban destinations and opportunities easily accessible and protected from traffic and risk of crime. It also improves the quality of built environment making urban streets more livable, comfortable, pleasant and vibrant; in other words, making them an attractive component of the system of public spaces of cities.
Walking is useful for a number of reasons: it enables individuals to effectively use the city, fulfilling their needs and being independent and self reliant; it encourages people to interact as well.
Making built environment walkable is possible and feasible by means of small, low cost interventions with immediate effect on everyday life.
When walking extends beyond the boundaries of the compact city, it allows people to experience new relationship with the surrounding landscape and acts as a driver for marginal areas rediscovery and regeneration.
For all these beneficial impacts and for many other direct and indirect effects, the implementation of urban policies and projects fostering walkability represents an effective opportunity for cities to improve their liveability.
This special issue on walkable cities and territories is directed to researchers and practitioners from different disciplines and domains interested in advancing knowledge and action around the incorporation of walkability concerns in urban planning and design practice. It aims to promote a cross-sectorial exchange on how to effectively make urban environment more liveable, sustainable, healthy and equitable.
Scholars are invited to discuss the multiple opportunities an approach oriented towards an “active accessibility” can bring about to improve the urban quality of life in terms of physical improvement of public space, activation and strengthening of links, functionalities and social relationships between urban elements and people, extension of people’s independence in “using” the city as well as in terms of benefits to individual and collective well-being.
This debate on walkable cities is intended also as a place to systematise technical knowledge together with experiences in the practice. The recognition of the multiple dimensions and operational applications of walkability can, on one hand, support scholars and practitioners in the revision of methods for the evaluation of the quality of life of cities from the point of view of pedestrians; and can, on the other hand, provide support in the formulation of urban policies and projects tailored to pedestrian needs and behaviours, making planning and decision making processes more effective.
- Multiple facets and operational applications of walkability concept in integrated land use and transport planning
- Walkability, urban capabilities and quality of life
- Urban walkability and public health
- Use of walkability measures and evaluation methods as decision making support systems
- “Smart” innovations in the acquisition of data and use of intelligent systems for the extraction and organisation of structured set of information.
- Shared protocols for the comparison of different urban walkability measures
- The objective and subjective dimensions of urban walkability
- Walkability over the boundaries of the compact city. Walkability of spatial settings with diverse gradient of urbanization
Prof. Beniamino Murgante
Prof. Ivan Blecic
Dr. Tanja Congiu
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