Urbanscapes aims to foster strong collaboration across different practice areas focused on the challenges of delivering innovative and well-designed urban spaces and places that can serve as catalysts for creating productive, livable, inclusive and vibrant cities. Members share ideas and material related to the following: Public Urban Spaces: the urban spaces within the public realm such as parks, plazas, streets, waterfronts and public buildings; Urban Fabric and Placemaking: the physical environment and their associated economic and social activities; Cityscapes: the city through the broader lens of urban planning, urban design and architecture, which contributes to the overall urban environment and systems; and Streetscapes: the detailed aesthetic and functional design elements of streets and public spaces, including roads, facades, lighting, landscaping, street furniture and pavement etc., that come together to form the character of public spaces.
Open spaces are essential resources for public health and the environment: they provide places for recreation, cultural enrichment, learning, exercise, and relaxation, as well as crucial support for wildlife and habitat, clean air and water, and local economies.
It is estimated that around 600,000 motored vehicles enter the city of Asunción each day, adding a lot of pressure to the already dense traffic. The car-centric design of cities like Asunción, Ñemby and Fernando de la Mora, makes urban mobility uncomfortable and less safe for pedestrians, as well as unfriendly towards more sustainable modes of transportation like bicycles. Interim tactical urbanism interventions can work as means to increase road safety and promote citizen participation.
Urban areas are responsible for the majority of GHG emissions. The next several decades will see the construction of a large amount of new urban area globally, which means that there is still an opportunity to encourage low-carbon urban growth.
The pursuit of health and wellbeing is crucial for human society, and has been listed as one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals-SDG 3. Evidence has shown that conditions in the urban built environment have significant impacts on public health, with varying effects on communicable, non-communicable and psychological diseases. Understanding these impacts could better integrate the consideration of health in urban planning and design.
The pursuit of sustainable cities and communities is crucial for human society. Sustainable cities and communities have been listed as one of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The goal requires by 2030 to ensure access for all to safe and affordable transport systems, housing and basic services as well as inclusive public spaces.