Human scale urban form

The “human-scale” refers to a delicate level of fine granularity at which people interact with their surroundings with innate physiological, cognitive, and perceptual apparatus; “human-scale urban form” is the morphology of urban socio-ecological systems (SES) that not only serves people’s immediate needs for life, work, and spirituality, but is also tangible and directly appreciable by people in their daily lives; the performance of human-scale urban form is the manner in which and theefficiency with which urban form fulfils its intended purpose(s). As such, insights into how people interact, intentionally or otherwise, with a great variety of human-scale urban forms, and how and why people feel about if and to what extent their needs are met are valuable and informative pieces of knowledge to the contemporary practice of urban planning and design.

 

With the advancement in human understanding of urban landscape, and the development in data science and technology, it is now possible to measure at a high level of precision both human-scale urban form and its performance, and further explore ways in which these new understandings improve human practice in SES and enhance urban form performance at the human-scale.

CFP: Special issue of Landscape and Urban Planning

Measuring human-scale urban form and its performance

[Call for Paper]

The journal Landscape and Urban Planning (LAND) solicits contributions for a Special Issue to be published in 2018 on “Measuring human-scale urban form and its performance”.

 

Important dates:

  • An extended abstract (800 words or less) that elaborates how the proposed research work fits the aims and scope of the Special Issue is due on or before January 15th, 2017.
  • Selected authors should submit their full manuscript (8,000 word limit, please see the Guide for Authors on the LAND website) by July 1st, 2017.
  • The co-guest editors will work with the facilitating Co-Editor-in-Chief of LAND to go through another round of selection. Authors in the shortlist will be invited to submit their papers through the LANDwebsite for external review by August 1st, 2017.
  • Final editorial decision will be given by the Editor-in-Chief by April 15th, 2018. The Special Issue will be published in following months.

 

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The theme of this Special issue:

The journal Landscape and Urban Planning (LAND) solicits contributions for a Special Issue to be published in 2018 on “Measuring human-scale urban form and its performance”.

 

The “human-scale” refers to a delicate level of fine granularity at which people interact with their surroundings with innate physiological, cognitive, and perceptual apparatus; “human-scale urban form” is the morphology of urban socio-ecological systems (SES) that not only serves people’s immediate needs for life, work, and spirituality, but is also tangible and directly appreciable by people in their daily lives; the performance of human-scale urban form is the manner in which and theefficiency with which urban form fulfils its intended purpose(s). As such, insights into how people interact, intentionally or otherwise, with a great variety of human-scale urban forms, and how and why people feel about if and to what extent their needs are met are valuable and informative pieces of knowledge to the contemporary practice of urban planning and design.

 

With the advancement in human understanding of urban landscape, and the development in data science and technology, it is now possible to measure at a high level of precision both human-scale urban form and its performance, and further explore ways in which these new understandings improve human practice in SES and enhance urban form performance at the human-scale.

 

Through this Special Issue, the guest editors aim to make a compelling case for an emerging and promising research direction of measuring the “unmeasurable” human-scale urban form and performance. We welcome contributions by scholars and practitioners from around the world that focus on one or any combination of the following themes.

(1) Approaches to measuring human-scale urban forms; (2) The social, economic, environmental performances of human-scale urban forms; (3) The interrelationships between urban form and its performance; and (4) Making knowledge about human-scale urban forms and their performances usable, useful, and efficacious in planning and design practice. Research question contributions may address/ include, but are definitely not limited to:

 

  • How can we identify the human-scale features of urban form and related performance by applying new data environment and new analytical methods?
  • How can we quantitatively measure and model these features and related performance with geo-spatial tools?
  • Is it possible to generate an in-depth understanding of the underlying relationships between urban form and its performance? How can we promote better place-making based on these insights?

Contacts:

Please send any inquiries and your abstract/ manuscript by the above deadlines to the co-guest editors:

Ying Long, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. E-Mail: ylong@tsinghua.edu.cn

Yu Ye, Assistant Professor, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, Shanghai, China. Email: yye.tongji@gmail.com 

 

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Human-Scale Urban Form: Measurements, Performances, and its Urban Planning & Design Interventions

The human-centered perspective has been frequently mentioned in many national policies on urbanization in China, like National Guidelines for Developing a New Type of Urbanization and Central Urban Work Conference. Accompanying with the raising call for human-centered considerations in urban planning and design, a series of new data environment and new analytical methods bring new potentials for achieving this goal. For instance, the new data environment consisting of big data and open data helps provide foundation for in-depth studying of urban form and its related performances. New techniques and methods, e.g. Lidar imaging, virtual reality, eye-tracking, deep learning, big data mining and visualization, provide emerging insightful analytical approaches. Therefore, the paper proposes the conceptual framework of human-scale urban form that can be defined as visible, touchable, and appreciable urban form in people’s daily lives. It would be a meaningful supplement for classical urban morphology focusing on street blocks and parcels. Following this route, the paper firstly reviews existed studies related to the concept of human-scale urban form. Three essential issues of human-scale urban form, i.e., measurements, performances, and urban planning and design interventions, are then discussed to guide future researches. After that, several initial studies made by the authors are illustrated as empirical examples. In sum, the paper is an initial attempt to claim the concept framework of human-scale urban form and explore its potentials in urban planning and design practices. It might help promote the transition towards a more scientific planning and design paradigm, and finally contribute to better urban lives. 

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Beijing vs Shanghai

Evaluation for Quality of Street Space in center area of mega-city:  A comparative analysis of Beijing and Shanghai

The quality of street space has a great influence on behavior, public health, so as to cultural of urban daily life. The improvement of street space is gaining increasing concern from the policy makers and urban designers, especially in China`s metropolitan. A comparative evaluation for quality of street space in central area of Beijing and Shanghai is done in this paper, within which five hundred streets are randomly selected. Street view images are collected for image segmentation, users subjective scoring evaluation. It is found that street in central area of Beijing has a worse quality compared to Shanghai. The quality of street has yet to be refined to improve.


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Sensing street greenery with street view pictures

The quality of street space

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A special issue on quality and vitality of urban space in the new data environment in Planners

基于大(开放)数据的城市空间品质与活力研究

客座主编(栏目主持人):

龙瀛,清华大学建筑学院,博士,副研究员

李栋,北京清华同衡规划设计研究院,博士,技术创新中心副主任

 

 

在经历了30多年的经济高速增长和城市快速扩张后,中国经济步入了“新常态”,并确立了“新型城镇化”战略。习近平2013年在中央城镇化工作会议上的讲话中指出,“…,城市建成区越摊越大,就会摊出不可治愈的城市病,甚至将来会出现一些‘空城’、‘鬼城’。”,以及“城市规划要由扩张性规划逐步转向限定城市边界、优化空间结构的规划”,近期的中央城市工作会议和《中共中央国务院关于进一步加强城市规划建设管理工作的若干意见》又对此进行了强调。 另一方面,随着信息通讯技术的快速发展,城市研究可获取的新数据环境(大数据和开放数据)不论是在时空覆盖和考察粒度方面都有巨大的提升,为更精细地从物质空间和社会空间刻画城市空间提供了可能。

 

北京城市实验室(BCL)坚持定量城市研究的创立理念,持续组织交流新数据环境城市研究在理论与实践上的最新实践。在成功召开两届年会之后,刚刚结束的在清华同衡召开的第三届BCL年会(BCL2016)的主题进一步聚焦新数据、新方法和新技术对城市空间品质、城市活力的研究,强化以营造品质和活力为目的的城市规划设计的重要意义。

 

基于BCL2016年会的嘉宾发言并结合客座主编邀请,遴选出如下几位与城市品质和活力紧密相关的文章,作为专辑的主要构成(详见附件)。如有必要,后续还计划召开小型研讨会继续对专辑文章进行讨论,进而提高成果质量。

 

1 龙瀛,周垠,图片城市主义:人的尺度城市形态研究的新思路

 Picture Urbanism: Understanding human scale urban form with the lens of geotagged pictures

 

在图片的可获得性日益提高和处理手段日益成熟的背景下,笔者认为图片是一种在近期将得到高度重视的城市数据源,是对已有多源城市数据的重要补充。为此本文提出了图片城市主义这一概念,认为其是基于体现客观世界和主观认知的大规模量化城市研究的一种方法论。本文首先对图片城市主义的内涵进行阐述,之后介绍了图片的若干来源,以及当前的分析与可视化工具,最后给出了图片城市主义在城市空间品质测度、街道绿化水平评价和城市意象分析等方面的研究案例。

 

龙灜,清华大学城市规划工学博士,清华大学建筑学院副研究员,北京城市实验室创建人与执行主任。他的研究方向是量化城市研究及其规划设计响应,近五年他在城乡规划相关领域的SSCI/SCI知名期刊发表论文25篇,2015年出版Springer英文专著《Geospatial Analysis to Support Urban Planning in Beijing》。他还作为主持人或研究骨干累计参加三十余项科研和规划设计项目,多次获得国家和省部级奖励。

 

2 唐婧娴,龙瀛,特大城市中心区街道空间品质的测度:以北京二三环和上海内环街道为例

Evaluation for quality of street space in central areas of mega-cities: A comparative analysis of Beijing and Shanghai

 

街道是城市公共活动的重要场所。街道空间品质影响着人的行为习惯、公共健康水平,城市文化的塑造。在人口密度极高的特大城市中心区,街道空间品质的改善提升业已成为规划设计领域的核心任务之一。为了能有效的测度和揭示当前特大城市中心区街道空间的品质状况,本文选取北京和上海为例开展对比研究,多维度测度两地街道空间的总体品质、品质变化特征。随机选取北京二三环之间与上海内环内各500个街道,采集相应点位的最新街景图像,对街道空间品质进行主客观评价。过程中综合了图像分割客观要素分析、使用者主观评价等方法。本文通过实验性研究发现,北京二三环的街道空间品质综合水平低于上海内环,围合性较差、尺度大、机动化程度高,北京的中心区街道空间环境品质还有待于精细化的改善。

 

唐婧娴,博士研究生,清华大学建筑学院城市规划系,本科毕业于天津大学,曾赴新加坡国立大学交换。近期关注方向为德国城市转型历史、文化空间战略。

 

 3 储妍、茅明睿,数据如何驱动设计——以回龙观社区品质提升为例

 How Data Drives Design: A Practical Case of the Quality Promotion in Huilongguan Community

 

开放数据和手机信令、互联网LBS、IC卡刷卡记录等大数据共同构成了城市规划的新数据环境,在规划行业开始出现了以“人迹地图”时空分析平台为代表的新数据平台为规划行业提供了基于新数据开展城市研究和规划设计的新数据资源和分析工具。笔者以“人迹地图”平台为基础,编写了以数据驱动规划的数据增强设计手册,通过多元指标计算工具,量化地进行前期分析、剖析问题,精准地提出对策,并进行实施后的评估和监测。基于数据增强设计手册的指导,笔者参与了“回龙观地区功能优化规划研究”这一城市更新类项目,利用LBS定位数据、IC卡刷卡记录以及微博语义、POI等其他各类数据,从交通出行、职住通勤、就业结构、空间特征、设施品质、人群活力、情感语义等角度对回龙观地区的空间品质和活力进行量化剖析,通过与望京的对比,分析回龙观在各方面存在各种程度的不足,并据此提出针对性的方案对策。

 

储妍,北京市城市规划设计研究院规划师,哥伦比亚大学城市规划硕士。主要研究方向为大数据在城市规划和治理中的应用、规划公众参与和规划新媒体的运营与实践,作为大数据应用负责人参与了 “回龙观地区功能优化规划研究”项目。

 

 4 曹越皓,龙瀛,基于网络照片数据的城市意象研究——以中国24个主要城市为例

 The Evaluation of City Image Based on Network Photos Data: A Practical Case of 24 Major Cities in China

 

城市意向作为个体或群体对城市的整体感知,对城市有着重要意义。随着城市意向研究和实践的推进,其内涵有了新的发展,城市意向不仅包括了空间要素,更应涵盖自然景观、文化生活等内容。与此同时,城市新数据的广泛应用为城市研究带来了全新的途径和视角,网络照片因其精度高、覆盖广、数量多、更新快、信息量大等特点,能直观地体现人们对城市的客观描述和主观认知。本研究基于网络照片数据提出城市意向研究模型,建构以意向要素构成、意向主导方向、意向特色度、意向相似度四个分析模块为核心的研究框架,以定量的方式综合认知城市意向。并利用YFCC-100M网络照片数据对中国24个主要城市的整体意向进行研究,发现各城市间意象要素构成结构趋同,大多数城市意象以物质要素为主要特色,非物质要素特色不明显;以标志建筑为主导意象的城市主要分布在中国东部区域,以公共空间、市民生活和自然景观为主导意象的城市主要分布在中国西部区域。进而提出对策,指导城市自身特色的塑造和意向要素的确定,并为下一步探索意向要素在城市内部空间的分布特征打好基础,以助于城市空间设计实践的推进。

 

曹越皓,博士研究生,重庆大学建筑城规学院。

 

5 陈泳、王全燕、奚文沁、毛婕,街区空间形态对居民通行步行的影响分析——以上海为例

Impact of block-level urban morphology on walkability of residents: A case study in Shanghai

 

步行不仅在短距离出行中占据重要地位,而且在大城市绿色交通体系构建过程中起着核心作用。本文以上海21个生活街区为案例,提取与居民步行通行活动相关的街区空间形态变量,通过SPSS相关性分析、基础模型模拟和预测模型建立3种方法探索街区建设环境变量对各类步行通行活动的影响,并结合散点图分析进行适宜值估算,最后从街区空间形态角度提出步行友好街区的优化建议。

 

陈泳,博士,同济大学建筑与城市规划学院教授、博士生导师。