Evaluating the elements of vitality in Jahanshahr walkway, Karaj, Iran

Document Type : Original Article

Authors

1 Student of Faculty of Geography, Kharazmi University, Tehran

2 Kharazmi University

3 Associate Professor of Khwarazmi University

10.22108/sppl.2024.138999.1744

Abstract

Spending time in lively and uplifting physical spaces and face-to-face interactions is vital for improving the mental and social health of citizens living in large cities. Constructing walkways is considered a step in this way. In this research, the walkway of Jahanshahr in Karaj city is evaluated in terms of the indicators of vitality of public spaces. The research method is descriptive-analytical and uses observational data that are gathered by a checklist and survey data by a questionnaire. The sample people were selected randomly, including 270 users of the walkway. Data analysis was done using EXCEL software by implementing an innovative model. Findings show that the studied walkway has a score of 4.666 (out of the evaluation range of 0-5) which indicate a good level of vitality. Jahanshahr walkway is facing a shortcoming mostly in terms of social indicators such as observing cultural symbols, holding festivals and rituals that attract people to the space, and the presence of attractive elements for children. On the other hand, it’s strength is related to the indicators such as the existence of appropriate economic activities for recreation and leisure time, the variety of leisure time uses, and the vibrancy of the edges. These are often included in the economic dimension. To improve the vitality of the space, it should be protecting and developing the green space, adapting the space to children needs, developing the symbols and elements of identity and culture, extending hygiene facilities, and creating good access to banks and services.

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Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript
Available Online from 27 January 2024
  • Receive Date: 04 September 2023
  • Revise Date: 31 December 2023
  • Accept Date: 27 January 2024