Monday, September 23, 2013

From NYC Department of City Planning — Active Design: Shaping the
Sidewalk Experience

The Department of City Planning has produced the two-part publication Active Design: Shaping the Sidewalk Experience and its supplement, Shaping the Sidewalk Experience: Tools and Resources as a study focused on the critical public space network –sidewalks. The documents present the work not from the perspective of those who drive past sidewalks or of those who construct them, but of those who actually use them. It is the point of view of the pedestrian—the person inhabiting and experiencing the sidewalk—that has been prioritized. Active Design: Shaping the Sidewalk Experience uses the conceptual framework of the “sidewalk room” to grapple with the complexities of the policies, players, and physical form of shaping the pedestrians experience of this space. More including pdf files of the complete guides: Active Design: Shaping the Sidewalk Experience - New York City Department of City Planning

1 comment:

Toronto My Way said...

We should retire the term "sidewalk" and adopt the term "walkway." The negative connotation of "sidewalk" is a subconscious relegation of walking, as it does not lead but follows "side"; whereas, other modes of transportation - driveway, parkway, railway, expressway, beltway - put the word before "way". That's the simplified synopsis - extended exploration of the idea and its implications here