Utilising blue space corridors for urban walkability – Malaysia and Brunei

In 21st Century Malaysian cities pedestrians are often neglected, with general dominance of motor vehicles in terms of space, volume and priority. Combined with the country’s tropical climate, often urban walking environments are hostile. However, some Malaysian cities are working to enhance their walking environments and one tool that is being used is utilising their existing natural infrastructure of blue …

South East Asia’s informal streets and the future of walkability

All across Asia, streets and in particular footways, that are typically the domain of pedestrians in Western urban spaces, are used for a huge variety of activities that sustain and maintain the life blood of a city and street.  Whether that’s social space for gathering and meeting; economic spaces – where local businesses ply their service or sell their item; …

Vietnam and Laos pedestrian zones: A Review – Hanoi, Hoi an, Ho Chi Minh, Luang Prabang & Vientiane

As of 2020, five of the most important cities and towns in Vietnam and Laos have introduced both temporary and permanent pedestrian and walking zones. Ho Chi Minh’s (HCMC) walking street shows how combining both permenant pedestrianised streets with temporary timed car free areas provides great flexibility to people orientated urban areas and allows for  Hoi An’s temporary historical zone …

Surabaya’s urban green space strategy reducing city temperatures

As part of Indonesia’s second largest cities’ (10 million Greater metropolitan residents) green city initiatives the mayor of Surabaya has prioritised reducing the cities’ temperatures  Since Surabaya is close to the equator and at sea level it experiences high average temperatures which when influenced by the urban heat island effect result in even more uncomfortable temperatures. Surabaya has for over …

Pedestrians prefer shade over safety? Research in Malang Indonesia’s Green City

This medium sized temperate city in Eastern Java has taken advantage of its milder climate and existing green infrastructure to increase its total amount of greenery – the cities green strategy has increased its proportion of urban green space to more than 30%. One of the most successful elements of the cities plan to increase urban green space has been …

What do women want? The impact of female participation in Jakartan community sustainable transport projects

As one of the world’s largest mega cities (Greater Jakarta over 30 million) Jakarta’s transport network is under a lot of pressure and is currently dominated by private vehicles, both cars and around 15 millions motorbikes, leading to heavy congestion and non-pedestrian friendly street environments. As part of initiatives to develop more people and sustainable oriented transport networks community engagement …

Central Pedestrian networks in Andalusian Cities

The weather, heritage of walking as transport in town centres and outdoor urban culture of Spanish society has led to the creation of great central pedestrian networks in towns and cities in this region. Top features and best practice from Andalusia’s cities and towns with central pedestrian networks that other cities can learn from: Utilising existing historical pedestrian friendly urban …

Green Corridors – Essential urban walking and natural infrastructure

What: Green corridors in cities can be defined as linear natural infrastructure, such as trees and plants, that link up other green and open spaces to form a green urban network. These networks provide both ecological services, such as habitats and resources for urban wildlife; whilst also providing services to urban populations such as mobility networks and access to green …

Mexico’s Green Cities – Promoting urban walking and interaction with nature

More temperate countries can learn a lot from places with more tropical or sub tropical climates, such as Mexico, about how to create outdoor green spaces in cities that people want to and can use in any weather; and that promote walking and people focused spaces. The following are some innovative examples from cities and towns across Mexico that aim …