Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Jane Jacobs' Seoul

A study of walkability in Seoul proves that Jane Jacobs' Death and Life design principles have applicability beyond the shores of Manhattan.  Here is the abstract:

Jane Jacobs’s The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) had an enormous influence on urban design theories and practices. This study aims to operationalize Jacobs’s conditions for a vital urban life. These are (1) mixed use, (2) small blocks, (3) aged buildings, and (4) a sufficient concentration of buildings. Jacobs suggested that a vital urban life could be sustained by an urban realm that promotes pedestrian activity for various purposes at various times. Employing multilevel binomial models, we empirically verified that Jacobs’s conditions for urban diversity play a significant role with regard to pedestrian activity.

The article:  Hyungun Sung , Sugie Lee, & SangHyun Cheon, Operationalizing Jane Jacobs’s Urban Design Theory: Empirical Verification from the Great City of Seoul, Korea.  Journal of Planning Education and Research 1–14 (2015).  DOI: 10.1177/0739456X14568021.



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