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Empirical pedestrian activities in neighbourhoods of Seoul: some lessons for a walkable city

Zusätzlicher Termin im Sommersemester!   Hanlim Seo, Ph.D. Visiting Researcher, Karlsruhe Institute for Technology

Since the 1990s, walkable neighbourhood designs have been an important issue in the urban design research fi eld. Residents of typical suburban areas could hardly go anywhere without car and this sedentary lifestyle is probably one of the main reasons for shortage of exercise, leading to obesity and other disease.

Therefore, recently, lots of researchers studied walkable city forms where people are able to walk to their destinations easily. As a result, some elements, like density, mixed-use, grid network street pattern, and small blocks, were drawn as walking-friendly neighbourhood elements. The city of Seoul is quite different from western cities. Even though Seoul highly dense and mixed-used its walking environment is being impeded by other characteristics, like wide roads and large blocks. This lecture presents the results of an empirical study on walking activities and neighbourhood environments conducted to know which walkable environmental elements exist in Korean cities and to confi rm that western theories of walkable neighbourhoods are applicable to Seoul.

The poster of this colloquium can be found here.