Urban area types and spatial distribution of pedestrians: Lessons from Tel Aviv

Yoav Lerman*, Itzhak Omer

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Abstract

This study examines the role of two urban area types - traditional and contemporary - with regard to pedestrian movement volume and distribution. This study focuses on four dimensions of urban areas which have potential influence on pedestrian movement: (i) a spatial dimension based on road network structure; (ii) a functional dimension of land uses such as retail fronts; (iii) a physical dimension of road sections; and (iv) a demographic dimension of population and employment densities. Four research areas in Tel Aviv are examined and each of these areas is divided to two adjacent sub-areas - a traditional sub-area and a contemporary one. The aim is to clarify: (i) the character of urban areas that were created following different urban design paradigms; (ii) the relative contribution of the spatial, functional, physical and demographic dimensions to pedestrian movement in urban areas of different types. The findings show significant differences between adjacent traditional and contemporary sub-areas. Specifically, traditional sub-areas have higher levels of spatial connectivity and retail fronts distribution as well as higher pedestrian movement volume. The spatial dimension has the strongest overall connection to pedestrian movement, and particularly for traditional sub-areas, while the physical dimension has the strongest connection to pedestrian movement for the contemporary sub-areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-23
Number of pages13
JournalComputers, Environment and Urban Systems
Volume55
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • Modernism
  • Pedestrian movement
  • Space syntax
  • Spatial analysis

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