The bigger our cities get- the bigger the need for quality public spaces. Since the dense urban fabric limits their number and size, we must work on upgrading all our shared areas, including the buildings’ direct surroundings.
The close context is also crucial when it comes to a structure’s fire safety, since the open areas prevent the disaster to spread to neighbouring buildings and provide crucial access for fire trucks. Furthermore, it is important to rethink the accessibility of the surrounding area by providing universal user-friendly approaches such as sloped pathways and ramps for wheelchairs.
We often see courtyards of perimeter blocks as one of the most common urban formations in our country, being filled up with secondary functions that don’t fulfill their full potential. The primary obstacle for their redevelopment is the shared ownership, but by overcoming this problem these spaces can be turned into useful, public, green areas. They can also address the issue of mobility by including parking for bicycles, shared cars and electric car charging stations.
Underground car parking
Electric bike and car charging points
Accessibility ramps and paths