Pedestrians, Urban Spaces and Health : Proceedings of the XXIV International Conference on Living and Walking in Cities (LWC, September 12-13, 2019, Brescia, Italy) book cover
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Pedestrians, Urban Spaces and Health
Proceedings of the XXIV International Conference on Living and Walking in Cities (LWC, September 12-13, 2019, Brescia, Italy)

ISBN 9780367461713
Published September 4, 2020 by CRC Press
278 Pages

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Today, citizens advocate greater environmental sustainability, better services and the improvement of urban quality by promoting safer mobility and health. Addressing these issues, Pedestrians, Urban spaces and Health contains the papers presented at the XXIV International Conference "Living and Walking in Cities" (Brescia, Italy, 12-13 September 2019). The contributions discuss town planning issues, look at best practices and research findings across the broad spectrum of urban and transport planning, with particular attention to the safety of pedestrians in the city. The main topics of the book are:

  • Walking experiences
  • Urban spaces and Redevelopment
  • Healthy cities (as Urban resilience and for Weakest users)

Pedestrians, Urban spaces and Health is a powerful plea for a multi-disciplinary and comprehensive approach to urban mobility and planning, and will be of interest to academics, consultants and practitioners interested in these areas.

Table of Contents




Pedestrians, urban spaces and health, M. Tira

Network and infrastructure to improve pedestrian mobility

E-Thinking the road infrastructure for new urban mobility needs, G. Cantisani

Sensitivity analysis and the alternative optimization of the pedestrian level of service: Some considerations applied to a pedestrian street in Greece, T. Campisi, A. Canale, G. Tesoriere, S. Basbas, A. Nikiforiadis & P. Vaitsis

Urban spaces and mobility in Makkah city: Ordinary organization and big events, R. Bahshwan, R. De Lotto & C. Berizzi

Increasing urban walkability: Evidences from a participatory process based on spatial configuration analysis, P. Pontrandolfi, B. Murgante, F. Scorza, R. Carbone & L. Saganeiti

Auditing streets’ pedestrian compatibilitY: A study of school sites’ requalification, M. Ignaccolo, G. Inturri, G. Calabrò, V. Torrisi, N. Giuffrida & M. Le Pira

Sustainable and resilient urban spaces

Improving city resilience through demand and supply urban dynamics, D. Chondrogianni & Y.J. Stephanedes

Urban resilience and anthropic risks. The case of the polcevera valley in Genoa, S. Candia, F. Pirlone, I. Spadaro & A.C. Taramasso

Gamification for the enhancement of urban spaces: Cases and tools, M. Sciaccaluga & I. Delponte

Nature-based solutions for urban resilience, R. De Lotto & F. Pinto

Definition of pedestrian friendly street parameters and evaluation in the case of Erzurum city, E.N. Sari, S. Yilmaz & B.G. Yilmaz

Well-being, perception, participation and mobility strategies. The sustainability of the contemporary city, M. Lisi, F. Fratini & A. Cappuccitti

Walkability and redevelopment

The walkability of city with difficult terrain – evaluation of barriers to use of spatial qualities, for users and main guidelines for improvement, I. Mrak

Spillover effect of urban regeneration on pedestrian accessibility and walkability, M. Tiboni & F. Botticini

Pedestrian mobility as urban regeneration strategy, E. Conticelli, E. Bruni & S. Tondelli

Urban accessibility as an approach for the regeneration of urban peripheries. The experience of the sant’avendrace district in Cagliari, T. Congiu, V. Fais & A. Plaisant

In field assessment of existing pedestrian paths: A comprehensive approach towards pedestrian oriented neighbourhoods, S. Rossetti & M. Zazzi

A citizen science approach to assess the perceived walkable environment and identify elements that influence pedestrian experience at the University of Malta, C. Cañas, M. Attard & M. Haklay

Freewheeling thoughts about public space, M.R. Ronzoni

Green infrastructures/Public transport

Green infrastructures for urban and territorial regeneration. The sustainability of contemporary city of somerville, S. Cioci

Boston healthy city: The harborwalk experience, L. Kappler

The node-place model to improve walkability in railway station catchment areas to promote healthy city environments. An application to the municipality of cercola (NA), G. Carpentieri, C. Guida & L. Faga

HSR stations’ urban redevelopments as an impulse for pedestrian mobility. an evaluation model for a comparative perspective, M. Carra & P. Ventura

Sustainable, safe and resilient urban spaces

Open source data and tools for disaster risk management: Definition of urban exposure index, R. De Lotto, C. Pietra & E.M. Venco

Strategies able to improve the level of safety and protection from seismic and hydro-geo-morphological risks, M.A. Bedini, F. Bronzini & G. Marinelli

Flood vulnerability functions for people and vehicles in urban areas, M. Pilotti & L. Milanesi

The reduction of the population’s residential exposure to radon risk in the municipal urban plan, R. Gerundo, M. Grimaldi & A. Marra

Assessing the economic and health impact of soft mobility. The lombardy region case study, E. Turrini, C. Carnevale, E. De Angelis & M. Volta

Pleasant and attractive public spaces

The public space through an aesthetic ethics, A. Tommasoli & L. Tommasoli

Imageability of geo-mining heritage. Case stydy of nebida settlement, geo-mining park Sardinia (Italy), N. Beretić & T. Congiu

Pedestrian healthcare and beauty: Free-accessibility design plan in taranto (IT), A. Massaro & F. Rotondo

The effect of movida on residential property prices: An example from Turin, E. Ottoz, P. Pavese & L. Sella

Soft mobility and perception of urban landscape

Improving the walkability for next-generation cities and territories, through the reuse of available data and raster analyses, A. Cittadino, G. Garnero, P. Guerreschi, E. Eynard, G. Melis, F. Fiermonte & L. La Riccia

Investigating the importance of walk stages as a factor in the choice between car and public transport in urban areas, D. van Soest, M.R Tight & C.D.F. Rogers

Moving through the quarries park. the case of Brescia, M. Tononi & A. Pietta

Pedestrian road safety

Methodology for data processing for road accidents that involve vulnerable road users. The case of Brescia: Pedestrian Road Safety, G. Maternini, M. Bonera, M.G. Speranza, C. Archetti & M. Martinello

Analyses of factors influencing children behaviour while crossing the conflict zones at urban intersections, I.I. Otković, A. Deluka-Tibljaš, S. Šurdonja, A. Canale, G. Tesoriere & T. Campisi

A hybrid approach for prioritising road safety interventions in urban areas, S.V. Gomes, C. Roque & J.L. Cardoso

Defining the characteristics of walking paths to promote an active ageing, C. Cottrill, F. Gaglione, C. Gargiulo & F. Zucaro

Effects of elderly people’s walking difficulty on concerns and anxiety while walking on roads, T. Matsuura

Healthy cities for all

Shared space and visually impaired persons, F. Anwar

Topographical and physiological data collection for urban handbike tracks design, A. Cudicio, A. Girardello, F. Negro, C. Orizio, A. Arenghi, G. Legnani & M. Serpelloni

Proactive city. the city as a gym for active design, E. Marchigiani, I. Garofolo & B. Chiarelli

Elderly mobility under the microscope: A multidisciplinary perspective, E. Pantelaki, E. Maggi & D. Crotti

Participatory experiences supporting more healthy and active cities. The research intervention “Anziani&Città”, E. Dorato

Promoting healthy cities

The missing path: Promiscuous bicycle lanes in urban areas, R. Fistola, M. Gallo, R.A. La Rocca & R. Battarra

An operational framework for healthy regeneration practices, T. Congiu, A. Plaisant & S. Unali

Conclusive remarks

Scientific outputs and research needs trough bibliometric mapping of LWC discussion, A. Richiedei & M. Pezzagno

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Maurizio Tira is Chancellor of University of Brescia since November 2016 and Full Professor of Town and Regional Planning. He is President of the Italian Society of Urban Planners (SIU), member of the board and Past-President of the National Centre for Urban Studies (CeNSU) and Past-President of the Italian "Agenda 21" Association. Tira has been responsible for several research projects and he chaired the EU-COST Action "Land management for urban dynamics". He is expert of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) since 1999. In particular, he has been Chairman of the working groups named "Evaluation of road safety policies" and "Road safety policy integration" of the project SEC-belt, coordinated by ETCS.  Furthermore, Tira is expert member in two working parties of OECD-International Transport Forum about "Pedestrian safety, Urban space and health" and "Cycling safety". Finally, Maurizio Tira is author of nearly 250 publications concerning the relation between mobility and urban planning, road safety, the methods for planning in hazardous areas and the techniques for drawing municipal and regional plans, and coordinated applied research projects on these topics for public administrations.

Michèle Pezzagno is Associate Professor in Town and Country Planning, Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture, Land, Environment and Mathematics, University of Brescia, Ph.D., and has a Master degree in Architecture. As author of more than 120 publications, her main scientific and research interests include:

  • Accessibility and road safety in an urban environment focusing on non-motorized road users and the quality of urban public space
  • Physical risk analysis and planning about town planning and city development
  • Urban morphology and public space morphology concerning the main city functions re-localisations and developments in different historical periods
  • Linear technological infrastructures in urban and rural areas focusing on road infrastructures and improving relations between technical infrastructures and vegetation
  • Land planning and management applying research results to different territorial plans
  • Contemporary cities and metropolises: urban renewal and mega attractors in contemporary cities
  • Metropolitan corridors and megalopolises: the figure of metropolitan cities/regions isn’t always representative of the metropolitan phenomenology which is actually based on high density realities aligned along a line which forms a corridor (that of a linear metropolis) based on a relation-system that we can define "metropolitan"
  • Public spaces renewal applying resilient city concepts
  • Land take phenomena, soil sealing and related planning solution

Anna Richiedei is an Environmental Engineer and obtained a PhD in Town and Regional Planning. As Research fellow at the University of Brescia, she teaches Analysis of Urban and Regional Systems and Ethics for Environmental Sustainability. She organized 18 conferences, attended conferences in Italy and abroad as a participant (more than 60) or speaker (over 20), and is author of about 50 publications. Richiedei is President of the Provincial Centre for Urban Studies of Brescia and member of the board of Regional Centre for Urban Studies of Lombardy. Her main research fields are: regional and urban planning, the sustainability of urban settlement, environmental assessments and soil consumption containment.