Urban Space Affordance for Diversified Activities A Conceptual Framework

Document Type : علمی - پژوهشی


Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Shahid Beheshti University


Many urban spaces today serve only the purpose of access, while if urban designers could provide an environment for increasing the presence of people, life would gradually return to urban spaces. This paper presents a critical survey of current literature on this subject to determine those properties, which will (i) cause the affordance of urban space; and (ii) increase the wish to be present in such spaces.
The former set includes seven properties such as accessibility, ease of pedestrian traffic, safety and security, environmental comfort, possibility for length of stay; and universality and flexibility. The latter set includes nine properties such as mixed use, the quality of public space, reasons for stay, human scale, sense of time, visual character, legibility, sensual enrichment, and cleanliness of space.

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