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Keywords

Walkability, walkability measures/indicators, Alexandria city center, Saad Zaghloul Street.

Disciplines

Architecture | Arts and Humanities | Education | Engineering

Abstract

Sustainability, livability and quality of life have become widely discussed issues in the literature of urban planning and design. This study primarily aims to investigate the concept of walkability as a part of livability. To draw a wider theoretical framework for this study, it first seeks to define the terms of ‘livability’ and ‘quality of life’. Then, it focuses on the concept of ‘walkability’ as one of the major components of these terms and as a measurable notion in urban design. Thus, this research seeks to identify a set of indicators of walkability in public spaces to be used for the application which can directly impact on the design quality of urban space. Third, this research focuses on Alexandria city center which has been in the process of deterioration due to various current urban strategies. As the case studies, it examines Saad Zaghloul Street at Ramleh Station District by using the set of walkability measures. It investigates the walkability quality of four different zones of the street, and identifies their walkability capacities, problems and potentials. Finally, it suggests the policy and practical solutions on the design of these public spaces that will not only improve the walkability capacity of this street, but also be helpful for the revitalization of the historic city center.

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