MA Urban Design Studio | Group 8: Neighbourhood tactics
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Group 8: Neighbourhood tactics



Based on research outcomes of theme related to mobility and space of streets nearby the Park Station, we found the seriousness of “congestion” there. The congestion is not only reflected on traditional traffic jam, but also the crowded space for different users. The video below shows the most contradiction places of the site is the dark blue lines.



From the analysis, we focused on the spaces of streets in our site.  We divided the streets into four categories according to different groups of users and then we came up with tactics to improve the environment and reduce congestion relate to  each type of street.




The four types of streets  include walking + vehicle +informal trading street, walking + vehicle, walking  + formal trading, and walking  street. After analysis of the problems related to different types of streets, we select four typical streets from four types of street into detail design.




For  type 1 (vehicle + walking + informal trading street), we use the removable and flexible kiosk instead of informal trading shed to release more walking space, as well as increasing green belt and design that help to separate vehicle and walking space.




For type 2 ( walking + vehicle street), it would help to order transportation system and create more suitable places for walking. At the same time, due to different needs at different time the road will be changed by landscape facilities.




For type 3 (walking + formal trading space), we clearly divide space into trading and walking into three parts, with adding benches and landscape design to improve street environment.




For type 4 (walking street), we install the sunken plaza in the centre area for resting and temporary trading activities or outdoor performance, which would be a organised, walkable and visible space for both pedestrians and temporary vendors.





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