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Design with Sharing in Mind: An Exploration of Shared Space and its Application to Downtown Yonge Street in Toronto

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Title: Design with Sharing in Mind: An Exploration of Shared Space and its Application to Downtown Yonge Street in Toronto
Author: Valenzona, Richard
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Landscape Architecture
Advisor: Paine, Cecelia
Abstract: Conventional street design has given drivers priority over the street. This has resulted in overall declination of the public realm. This study explored the topic of shared space, defined as an approach in which the street is designed in a way that pedestrians, drivers and other street users have equal entitlement and priority throughout the entire space. The research draws upon the literature on shared space; and case studies comprised of secondary source descriptions, key-informant interviews and on-site observation. Ensuing findings suggested that vehicles were more willing to share the streetscape with pedestrians when vehicular speeds were reduced and there was integration between sidewalk and roadway. These findings led to development of a set of principles that informed recommendations for the conceptual redesign of Toronto’s Downtown Yonge Street as a shared space.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/6613
Date: 2013-04
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