City centre sidewalks: improving pedestrian experience through design

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Sidewalks are integral features of city centres. They provide the channels through which activities and interactions evolve and in turn these interactions cause the sidewalks to evolve. They help to articulate the builtform and open spaces in tying together. However, historically sidewalks have received less attention relative to urban squares and civic spaces. Owing to the concept of walkable cities, sidewalks are gaining importance. This paper provides a critical overview on the apparent ‘amnesia’ in urban design and planning theories and visits a popular sidewalk in Belfast city centre to examine the paradox and perspectives.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA sense of place: multidisciplinary essays in honour of Malachy McEldowney
EditorsFrank Gaffikin, Stephen McKay, Michael Murray, Brendan Murtagh, Ken Sterrett
Place of PublicationBelfast
PublisherQueens University Belfast
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9780955134722
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2015


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