To deepen the understanding of how cities function, we want to gain insight into the links between economic fulfillment, mobility behavior and urban design. During this break out, we will focus on the reasoning behind this integrated approach and show new research methods for exploring the interface between transport- and urban planning. This method focuses on how quantitative data-analysis on the city scale can be complemented by qualitative observations on the street- and city block level.

This research project is a response to three identified challenges within the field of transportation planning:
1) To close the gap between data-driven transport planning on a larger scale and the less quantitatively substantiated urban planning world on the street- and city block level.
2) To improve traffic models to better reflect urban dynamics.
3) To formulate and give more substance to the criteria used by governments for their urbanization- and accessibility programs.

In this research project, we focus on the integration of the three themes: an area can have the most amazing buildings and public space, but if the critical mass of inhabitants and jobs (local economy) isn’t right or it isn’t very accessible then almost nothing happens there. In contrast, easily accessible locations with a high density of inhabitants and jobs can feel quite empty if the urban design doesn’t allow for place making.

Studio Bereikbaar is a consultancy focused on advising governments as they reimagine mobility solutions for their cities. We work with a tight-knit team of twelve people with the know-how on urban accessibility, infrastructure, spatial planning and data-analysis.

September 12, 2019
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