Emperical ResearchMichelle Li Jacqueline Mui Francisco Porras
Presentation Outline1. Sai Yeung Choi Street Revisited2. Hypothesis & Research Questions3. Sidewalks and Pedestrian Schemes4. Site Description5. Research Method6. Observations and Analysis7. Conclusion
Research QuestionsHow does the pedestrian scheme influence thedaily activities on Sai Yeung Choi Street?What kinds of interactions occur while walking?How does walking enhance sociability, access andlinkage, uses and activities, and comfort thushelping create a good public place?
Hypothesis Enabling pedestrian activity facilitates new interactions and functions on Sai Yeung Choi Street South, defining its unique character in the context of Mong Koks themed streets and making it a good public place.
Streets and SidewalksPurpose cities are full of strangers task of city streets and sidewalks is to keep the city safe well-used street is a safe streetSuccessful Streets & Sidewalks clear distinction between private and public eyes upon the street as natural surveillance continuous use of sidewalk people use and enjoy the street voluntarily
Pedestrian SchemesBehaviour Patterns people cross freely from one side to another people uninhibited by curbs people not overwhelmed by vehiclesJane Jacobs on designing successfulpedestrian streets is to“Bollix up the use of the street for cars [...] to thepoint that only a driver with a hole in his headwould pick such a route after he tried it a timeor two.”
E2 Mong Kok Road Shan Tung Street B3 B2 Fife Street B U S L A Soy Street Soy Street N Pedestrian Subway E Argyle Street D3Sai Yeung Choi Street SouthTraffic Patterns Nelson Street Duncan Street
Sai Yeung Choi ElectronicStreetOpen-aired shopping streetselling electronic goodsUnofficial on-street hawkerzone for unlicensed hawkers(salesman) who offer servicecontractsStreet length: less than 300 metres long
Research Methods VariablesNon-Pedestrian Scheme Pedestrian Scheme
Public Space - Is it used by a range of ages? - Do people cluster in groups? What kinds of groups -couples, friends, co-workers, families, multigenerational families, small or large groups? - How many types of actitives are occurring - for example, are people walking, eating, relaxing, reading and playing baseball, or chess? - Is this a place where you would choose to meet your friends? Are other - Is it easy to go from part of the space to another? people meeting their friends here or running into friends? - Are there obvious choices of things to do? Are events and activities being held, - Do people come in groups? or made evident by a schedule? Who is responsible for the events? How does the - Are people talking with each other? design of the space relate to events that are held there? - Are people smiling? - The space is congested because it is too small for the number of people present. - Do strangers make eye contact with each other? - There is a lack of places to sit. - Is there is a mix of ages and ethnic groups that generally reflects the - The space does not accommodate events very well. community at large? - Record the number and type of activities at different times of the day and week. Sociability Uses & Activities Access & Linkage Comfort & Image - Can you see the space from a distance? Is the interior of the place visible - Are there more women than men? from the outside? - Are there enough places to sit? Are seats conveniently located? Do people have a - Can people easily walk to the place (e.g. they aren’t darting between choice of places to sit, either in the sun or shade? Is appropriate weather protection moving cars to get to and fromthe bus stop to the park)? (umbrellas, shelters) offered? - Do sidewalks lead to and from adjacent areas, allowing for convenient - Does the area feel safe? Is there a security presence? If so, what do these people do? pedestrain access? When are they on duty? - Do the roads and paths through the space match with where people - Are people taking pictures? Are there many photo opportunities available? want to go? - Do vehicles dominate pedestrian use of the space, or prevent them from easily - Do a cariety of transportation options provide access to the place? getting to the space? (e.g. bus, train, car, and bicycle.) - The space is dominated by vehicles. - Traffic is congested or fast moving, and is a barrier to pedestrians crossing the street.
Sai Yeung Choi AtmosphereStreet Entertaining Shopping Eating & Drinking
Sai Yeung Choi AtmosphereStreet Selling Walking Crowded
Sai Yeung Choi Street SignsOriginal Signs with no glowing effectLightbox Signs for Up-Stairs or Inner Street StoresSigns with flash light effect
Sai Yeung Choi Street SignsSwitched-on lightbox signs while the shop is opened
Street Map of E2Sai Yeung Choi Street South Mong Kok Road Elevated Walkway Shan Tung Street B3 B2 Fife Street B Independent U Local Shops S L Soy Street Pedestrian Subway Soy Street A N E D2 Argyle Street D3 Electronic Shop Fashion Beauty (Cosmatics & Salon) Food Entertainment Others / Unknown Building Entrance Underground Parking Entrance On-Street Parking Taxi Stand Duncan Street MTR Station Entrance Nelson Street
Sai Yeung Choi Street South Shop Graph 63 38 28 26 Electronic Shop 11 11 Fashion Beauty (Cosmatics & Salon) Food Entertainment Others / Unknown Building Entrance 3 3 Underground Parking Entrance On-Street Parking 2 Taxi Stand MTR Station Entrance
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