Urban regeneration effects on walkability scenarios

An application of space-time assessment for the people-and-climate oriented perspective

Keywords: Urban Regeneration, Walkability, Isochrones


International programs have shown that implementing people-and-climate oriented cities goes through two processes in physical contexts: (i) urban regeneration of the existing city, particularly on public services for each urban unit, and (ii) planning of their accessibility. Therefore, there is a strong relationship between the goals of people-and-climate oriented and temporal-and-proximity perspectives. Moreover, the Covid-19 pandemic emergency highlighted the relevance of proximity again through the (not new) concept of “15 minutes cities”. Nevertheless, an evaluation of how urban regeneration projects can contribute to achieving sustainability goals in ordinary practice still struggles to consolidate. Consequently, according to both perspectives, this contribution aims to observe and evaluate the effects of local urban regeneration projects on pedestrian mobility. Therefore, it presents a space-time and GIS-based methodology to assess the walkability scenarios in public open spaces. The analysis consists of double temporal analysis: (i) it analyses pedestrian accessibility in a cells grid and through a backtracking algorithm that measures the spatialized isochronous of access time, and (ii) it evaluates accessibility in two temporal moments, ex-ante and ex-post. The assessment framework proposed is applied to the case study of unit Tintoretto tower in Brescia. Results show how urban design produces different space-time effects on pedestrian accessibility and proximity connection within 15 minutes.


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Author Biographies

Martina Carra, University of Brescia

Architect, Postdoctoral Researcher in Transport at the University of Brescia, Ph.D. in Civil Engineer and Architecture at the University of Parma. Her research interests include Integration between urban planning, urban design and mobility, Accessibility, Geographic Information Systems and Urban Regeneration.

Silvia Rossetti, University of Parma

Environmental Engineer, Assistant Professor (Tenure Track position) in Urban Planning at the University of Parma, PhD in Places and times of the city and territory at the University of Brescia (2014). Her research interests include Geographic Information Systems, Urban Regeneration, integration between urban planning and sustainable mobility, Accessibility and Road Safety.  

Michela Tiboni, University of Brescia

Civil Engineer, Full Professor of Town and Regional Planning, Ph.D. in Town planning technique at the Polytechnic of Milan (2000), her main fields of research are Land-use dynamics and environmental hazards, Evaluation of plan previews for a safe and sustainable town, Urban policies and techniques towards a safer town. Since 2013 she is urban planning councilor of the City of Brescia.

David Vetturi, University of Brescia

Mechanical Engineer, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Thermal Measurements, Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics, the main areas of research are: the study of the dynamics of the vehicle and of the related measurement systems; the development of soft-computing algorithms for the analysis of mechanical systems (neural networks and genetic algorithms); experimental analysis of the dynamic behavior of materials; problems concerning vibration measurements.


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How to Cite
CarraM., RossettiS., TiboniM., & VetturiD. (2022). Urban regeneration effects on walkability scenarios. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 101-114. https://doi.org/10.6093/1970-9870/8644
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