E. J. Cilliers & W. Timmermans
Cilliers, E. J. & Timmermans, W. (1). Transforming spaces into lively public open places: case studies of practical interventions. Journal of Urban Design, 21(6), 836–849. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13574809.2016.1234336
Urban public open spaces are an important part of the urban environment, creating the framework for public life. The transformation of open space into successful public places is crucial in this regard. In the context of target-driven performance it is essential to identify the value of successful public open places, along with characteristics that define them. This research evaluated three case studies in Belgium (Namur, Wavre and La Louviere) which successfully transformed spaces into lively public open places. The transformation was captured by means of before-and-after imagery and analyses, and evaluated in terms of space-usage prior to, and after redesign, along with the experience and added value that the redesign brought to the area.
All three case studies indicated the importance of aesthetics and creating a visually attractive and inviting space through attractive design, seeking interest, connecting a function to the space and creating an opportunity for social, environmental and economic possibilities. The case studies also focused on social elements by creating meeting points and space for socialization and recreation. This research failed to substantiate accessibility and economic considerations in the creation of successful public open space.
Description of method used in the article
Before-and-after imagery analyses and evaluation in terms of space-usage prior to, and after redesign, along with the experience and added value that the redesign brought to the area.
Of practical use