This year we will be working on 5 themes. Below a first introduction to each of them.
Do not forget to look at additional resources on twitter at #streetlifestudies and in the official bibliography.
 
 
THE RESILIENT CITY:
CLIMATE AND TRAFFIC
Vital streets offer multimodal possibility and are responsive to climate.

How can we maintain both outdoor space exposed
to the elements and the flow of movement
whilst ensuring a basic quality of environment for street users?

OBSERVATION O1: STREET USE
Proportional street-use breakup
Planned vs actual uses
Relationship of use to spatial components

OBSERVATION 02: CLIMATE RESPONSE
Spatial components responding to climate
Planned vs user driven components

OBSERVATION 03: MULTIMODAL THRESHOLDS
Modes of movement
Types of separations between flows
Planned vs actual movement paths

3 Big Challenges for Planning Multi-Modal Cities
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THE SLOW CITY:
ENCOURAGING LONGER STAYS
Vital streets allow for people to linger, to pause, to stop.

Longer stays are one contributor
to the creation of the street as a 'hive' of activity.
How can streets encourage ‘slow’ activities
that broaden their purpose beyond circulation?

OBSERVATION O1: ‘STOPPING’ ACTIVITY
Places people stop
Activities/objects associated with stopping
Changes over the day

OBSERVATION 02: MOVEMENT DEMOGRAPHICS
Ratio of people stopping vs not stopping
Cluster types: size + demographic
Changes over the day

OBSERVATION 3: A DAY IN A LIFE OF...
Uses of an object over a day
(or defined portion of space)
Number of usages

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THE FACE OF THE CITY: FACADES
Vital streets encourage a level of ‘adaptability’ by their users.
Users have an innate knowledge of their surrounds and are often the most
effective 'designers' of the spaces they inhabit.
Facades are an overt expression of this; their planned and unplanned manifestations often a strong contributor to the visual identity of a place.

How can the 'base' components of a facade allow for adaptability by users?

OBSERVATION O1: USER APPROPRIATIONS
Modifications to original facade by users

OBSERVATION 02: SIDEWALK FACADE RELATIONS
What relationships exist between sidewalk activites and facade components?

OBSERVATION 03: FACADE COMPONENTS
Iterations of planned building components
Modifications made
Usages: intended vs unintended
Drivers behind patterns of use

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THE POROUS CITY:
PRIVATE / PUBLIC BUILDING THRESHOLDS
Vital streets support interactions across the thresholds of private,
interior space and public, exterior space.

How can this boundary be re-imagined to encourage a stronger relationship (be it direct or indirect)
between internal and external users and activities.

OBSERVATION O1: THRESHOLD POROSITY
Proportion of porosity in GF façade
‘Level’ of porosity in each opening
Drivers of porosity / Internal building function (GF)

OBSERVATION 02: THRESHOLD TYPOLOGIES
Spatial typologies of GF thresholds
Intended interactions across threshold
Internal building function

OBSERVATION 3: THRESHOLD ACTIVITY
Threshold activities: planned vs incidental
Threshold type vs internal building function

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THE POROUS CITY:
PRIVATE / PUBLIC FENCE THRESHOLDS
Vital streets support interactions
across the thresholds of private and public space.

In increasingly privatised societies how can the fence be
reimagined to support activities beyond the blocking of access?

OBSERVATION 1: FENCE POROSITY
Level of porosity
Fence + human body
Fence + building function

OBSERVATION 2: FENCE TYPOLOGIES
Fence typologies
Key fence details
Drivers behind fence details

OBSERVATION 3: FENCE ACTIVITIES
Fence functions: planned vs incidental
Fence + activities hosted

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