19 October 2022, 11:00-12:00 (CET) | Zoomlink: https://ethz.zoom.us/j/63499711049, Registration
New district-level urban developments in Southeast Asia are increasingly characterised by the fusion of indoor and outdoor, underground, at-grade, elevated, private and public pedestrian networks. The configuration and dimension of indoor environments are difficult to change after construction, partially because of constraints resulting from the built environment and partially because of constraints in ownership. Understanding the determinants of pedestrian flows can support urban and transport planners and inform the planning these future urban developments.
On one hand, the configuration of the urban network itself is a generator of movement patterns in the city and influences the routes that are potentially more frequently used for various trips. On other hand, the size, density, type and distribution of origins, destinations, and their spatial configuration influences pedestrian flows.
This talk discusses different metrics and methods to predict pedestrian volumes in complex multilevel environments, starting with ‘classic’ space syntax metrics and continues with measures including additional information about land-use, gross floor area and population density.
We focus on four areas in Singapore. These areas have in common that they all are prominent transport hubs but differ in surrounding land-use types and dominant network topology. Multi-level pedestrian networks were drawn, and pedestrian counts were conducted at more than 250 locations. Pedestrian flows are set against a series of variables describing the spatial configuration of the network, using advanced regression models.
The results indicate that is necessary to account for the multi-level nature of networks, and that indoor flows through private developments cannot be neglected when planning for integrated transport developments.
Michael van Eggermond
Senior Researcher at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW)