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Keywords

Public space, Space syntax, DepthMap, Pedestrian flow, User segregation

Disciplines

Architecture | Arts and Humanities | Education | Engineering

Abstract

This paper attempts to improve the pedestrian flow in the public space of Yaacoub El-Labban Square in El-Mina district, Triopoli, North Lebanon. The new understanding of urban planning aimed to promoting pedestrian movement while restricting the unnecessary use of vehicles. It is presumed that the presence or absence of vehicular activity can affect the motion and mobility of pedestrians in a certain zone. Consequently, this study, first, run a Space Syntax interpretation using DepthMap analyses for the chosen case study in order to understand how pedestrian movement can be promoted and increased through user segregation, and, additionally, restrictive use of the square by vehicular users. Measurements were conducted using DepthMap to analyze the current human activity pattern in the square, then, verifying this analysis by operating an on-field observation for the current state and utilizing a movement tracing map to prove the different street choices by vehicular users. These results will be compared to the Space Syntax visualization analyses using DepthMap at the current state in order to prove its reliability concerning its predictions for future modifications and how they would affect the user movements.

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