Public Spaces: New Thinking and Challenges
Facilitators: Jan Vilain, Dick van Veen, Aisaule Kerikova
Tuesday, 8 October; 3:00-4:00pm
How can we design public spaces that we perceive as attractive and safe? This session aims to answer this question with three varied presentations about public space design. When we install anti-terrorism blocks, although objectively safer, the perception of the space can be less secure. For that reason, we must be creative in our solutions. We will draw on award-winning public spaces in Belgium and, research conducted in Canada on how street furniture elements serve the pedestrians.
Drukte (in Dutch)
Facilitators: Dick van Veen, Eelco Thiellier, Jorn van Dijk
Tuesday, 8 October; 1:45-2:45pm
Drukte. De dreiging vanuit terrorisme is aanwezig. Moeten we voetgangersgebieden daarom afzetten met blokken? Wat doet dat met de sfeer en het gevoel van veiligheid? Zijn er andere methodes? Dick van Veen bespreekt dit graag met u. Drukte betekent soms ook dat de doorgang wordt belemmerd voor hulpdiensten en dat bewoners hun huis bijna niet meer in en uit kunnen komen. Op de Wallen in Amsterdam wordt de drukte gemonitord waardoor men kan bijsturen en zo leefbaarheid, veiligheid en toegang beter worden gewaarborgd. Jorn van Dijk en Eric Roscam Abbing geven u inzicht in de vraagstukken, inzichten en handreikingen voor oplossingen.
The Pedestrian Network in the 21st Century – A new approach to public space design
Facilitators: Lennart Nout, Shelley Bontje
Tuesday, 8 October; 11:15am-1:00pm
While cities worldwide are scrambling to find solutions to create more sustainable transport networks, the focus is often on bicycles, shared electric vehicles and more recently, electric scooters. However, many of the projects implemented focus on adding a single mode to a single stretch of road.
At a fundamental level pedestrian and bicycle networks are about transportation, equity and access. By virtue of walking and cycling being the most basic modes of transportation available to everyone, it is incumbent upon cities to provide high quality pedestrian and cycling environments in all locations where people are present. To deal with growing pressure, Mobycon with its partners has developed a new approach to designing public spaces, balancing place and flow, while catering for pedestrians, bicycles, light electric vehicles, cars and trucks, but it all starts with a place assessment.
In this presentation, we will guide the participants through a real-world assessment of the walking environment using a case study from Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Following this workshop, planners, engineers and all other interested parties will be able to apply this framework for changing the conversation about pedestrian level of service and the character of place.