Straddling Boundaries in Superblock Cities. Assessing Local and Global Network Connectivity Using Cases From Abu Dhabi, UAE – Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice – article

Straddling Boundaries in Superblock Cities. Assessing Local and Global Network Connectivity Using Cases From Abu Dhabi, UAE

Martin Scoppa, Khawla Bawazir, Khaled Alawadi | Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice

2019-11-05

In this paper, superblocks are evaluated as local street systems with global implications, focusing on connections between superblocks and their ability to form extended areas of access. Superblocks’ corners are examined as destinations for calculating route efficiency and distribution. Additionally, the extent of the accessible areas from the corners are quantified using pedestrian catchment areas. Results show strong similarities in terms of route efficiency among the studied designs and wide variations in terms of distribution and extent of the catchment areas. This paper foregrounds the need to address local and global scales when studying the street systems of cities planning for superblocks. It provides, as well, a foundation on which to better frame longstanding questions regarding the use of superblocks for neighborhood planning.

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