Popping Up Public Streets – Not for Cars, but for People by Tranformative Approaches

Giesch, Michael Andreas and Senger, Magdalena and Fischer, Wolfgang (2021) Popping Up Public Streets – Not for Cars, but for People by Tranformative Approaches. CITIES 20.50 – Creating Habitats for the 3rd Millennium: Smart – Sustainable – Climate Neutral. Proceedings of REAL CORP 2021, 26th International Conference on Urban Development, Regional Planning and Information Society. pp. 587-594. ISSN 2521-3938

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The topic of "living in the city" has been discussed for a long time. Many authors have commented on it, such as the well-known Lefebvre (1996) and Harvey (2008). Our study focuses exactly on this topic "how to make life in a city more livable". In the project "Pop-up Piazza" we have the possibility to implement transformative ideas with explorative methods. For this purpose, the project uses the instrument "tactical urbansim". The goal of the project is to test new ideas and try them out with the help of new prototypes. We focus on small selective interventions or actions like parklets, which are also combined with larger actions. In this way, we discuss whether our approaches are well received by the population before we embark on large-scale, cost-intensive changes. Public street spaces are mostly dominated by motorized individual traffic. Our pop-up piazza transformations enable a perception of car-free space and its potential to make public space more people-friendly. Small simple and low-cost interventions should enable applications for many cities. In this project, we have developed cargo bike-based prototypes (called StreetFormators) and are now testing them in the urban spaces of Graz and Vienna. Following the principle of opensource, we also provide the StreetFormator construction plans to the public if other cities, organizations and communities want to use them. In addition to development and testing, we have focused on impact evaluation of the implementations. From this, recommendations are generated for urban planners, administrative authorities, and policy makers that indicate the benefits and desires of the public. The case studies in Graz and Vienna show that the framework conditions strongly contribute to the success of the measures. The temporary redesigns of public street space create more space for social interaction and thus fulfill an important function for neighborhoods and increasing the quality of life in cities. Other companies and institutes are involved in the project, namely AIT (Austiran Institute of Technology GmbH), DieFahrBar, Mobilitätsagentur Wien GmbH (mobility agency) and the University of Graz (Institute of Geography and Regional Sciences). Experts from FGM-AMOR GmbH (Austrian Mobility Research) are also involved. The research project is funded by the FFG (Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft) in the field of industrial research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: urban development, urban design, public space, tactical urbanism, city planning
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2021 07:30
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2021 17:39
URI: http://repository.corp.at/id/eprint/788

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