The construction of pedestrian network in urban blocks: A case study

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In the past decades, the urbanization of China has developed faster. The pedestrian accessibility of large old residential areas with new village-style becomes worse due to the large scale and few entrances and exits for residents. Simultaneously, the closed communities seriously affect the development of urban areas induced by poor urban living atmosphere, incomplete pedestrian system and traditional public space node setting. The public spaces where walking is the mainly activity need optimization urgently. This paper took Anshan New Village as an example and applied spatial syntax to analyze spatial accessibility and integration based on the current investigation. The study demonstrated that the network system should be established to improve the pedestrian environment in large urban blocks and the measurements of construction of pedestrian network were also suggested. Dredging the pedestrian path and increasing public space nodes can better build the urban pedestrian network and realize the balance between privacy, publicity and security. The conclusion of this paper can provide reference for building a good pedestrian environment in the process of urban renewal in Shanghai.
pedestrian network, large old residential areas, public space node, spatial syntax