So near and yet so far: modelling permeability of open space

T van Dijk, CF Jaarsma, HJ Kooij

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    Metropolitan landscapes typically are patchworks of urban land use and open space. But metric geography and people¿s subjective perception of how green their neighbourhood is may divert. What looks appealing on a map may on the ground (and thus psychologically) turns out to be quite different. Main infrastructure blocks views, adds noise and prevents people from actually accessing the open space near to their home. In other words, although people may live near to open space, because of low permeability their actual daily sphere of activity may be less varied or further away than expected. In a growing and intensifying urban network, main arterials may be added or upgraded. For the sake of sustainability in terms of social well-being, access to open space, with its evident positive impacts on security, relaxation and health, needs to be taken into consideration continuously. However, proper modelling of permeability fails, making it tempting to leave this aspect behind altogether. Building on earlier work on compartimentation of people¿s physical environment, this paper presents a first attempt to model the permeability of open space by urban residents.
    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Title of host publicationENHR Sustainable Urban Areas
    EditorsP Boelhouwer, D Groetelaers, E Vogels
    Place of PublicationDelft
    PublisherENHR / Onderzoeksinstituut OTB
    Number of pages9
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    EventENHR Intenational Conference 2007 - Delft
    Duration: 25 Jun 200728 Jun 2007

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    PublisherENHR / Onderzoeksinstituut OTB


    ConferenceENHR Intenational Conference 2007


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