Reshaping the Urban Experience: Prospects for Digital Streetscape towards better Livability in Public Spaces

Ayman Abdel-Aziz, Ayat and Abdel-Salam, Hassan and El-Sayad, Zeyad (2020) Reshaping the Urban Experience: Prospects for Digital Streetscape towards better Livability in Public Spaces. SHAPING URBAN CHANGE – Livable City Regions for the 21st Century. Proceedings of REAL CORP 2020, 25th International Conference on Urban Development, Regional Planning and Information Society. pp. 701-713. ISSN 2521-3938

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As addressed through the literature on urban planning and design, urban livability concepts generally focus on the issue of “quality of life”. Streetscape design is a good tool that can be used to create a sense of place and improve the urban quality. Thus, streetscape design and urban livability are strongly interconnected. But this connection needs desirable and attractive urban spaces that could interpret and reflect its richness. However, urban spaces are now exclusive domain managed almost entirely for traffic flow which makes them lose their distinctive character as places for people. Furthermore, with the continuous growth of internet usage, people’s needs of public spaces have differed. These needs have to be specified. New possibilities of use and new atmospheres should be also created to cope with their new needs. Therefore, cities around the world are progressively working on developing new strategies to face the 21st century’s challenges. In this context, the paper raises the question of how urban spaces can be enhanced, depending on streetscape’s improvements, to promote livability for its users. Based on the fundamental idea that streets are places for people more than just being arteries for traffic, the paper proposes the “Digital Streetscape” concept as a hybrid model that correlates the advantages of three techniques to meet the contemporary needs of people as well as to rejuvenate cities. On a broader level, the paper aims to conclude a set of guidelines and recommendations to improve the main elements of streetscape design that are derived from the theoretical study. This is carried out to identify the most suitable design concepts and options that can be adopted in the design of future urban spaces to produce new generation of livable communities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Livable Streetscape Design, Alexandria Livable City, Hybrid Approach, Digital Streetscape, Place-Making Concept
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2021 16:18
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2021 16:18

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