WalkspanTM sees sidewalks not as passageways but as place – an extension of private living space that transition to outdoor cafes, street benches, play areas, neighborhood markets, and gardens. WalkspanTM operationalizes the experience of walking through street-level, micro/macro-scale research and placemaking as evidenced in the projects below:
MICROSCALE SIDEWALK ASSESSMENT
A section of West Village, Manhattan, New York, was studied at micro level where approximately 63,204 feet of sidewalk within 62 blocks, fronting 1,046 parcels that spread over 127.6 acres of land were analyzed at street level. Sidewalks were rated and results mapped on GIS to display the quality of the tangible elements of the walkway, furnishing zone, building edge, and street adjacent to a parcel unit. Findings showed the need for improvements in the following areas: aesthetics (24%), comfort amenities (21%), safety (5%), and vibrance (29%).
You can view Manhattan’s walkability by clicking the button below.