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Human Behaviour & Urban Squares: A Public Life Study of Kungsträdgården and Sergels Torg
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Människor & Stadstorg : En stadslivsstudie av Kungsträdgården och Sergels Torg (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Some public squares experience large amounts of human activity and some experience very little, even though external conditions between them create comparable opportunities for public life. The field of public life studies observes the human activity of public spaces and presents principles that predicts human public behaviour to gain a better understanding for what elements of space people are attracted to. The human staying activity at two central public square in Stockholm – Kungsträdgården and Sergels Torg – was studied with the methodology of public life studies as outlined in Gehl & Svarre (2013) How to Study Public Life. A stationary activity mapping was performed for the two squares where female, male, sitting and standing activity was registered. The result show that Kungsträdgården attracts more than twice the staying activity as Sergels Torg, and that the two squares are mirror images of each other in terms of gender and activity proportions, with Kungsträdgården being predominately female and sitting and Sergels Torg male and standing. The principles, theories, previous observations and hypotheses from a selection of the most seminal works within the public life studies field frame the seven themes used to analyse the human stationary activity at the two squares; Sitting, Standing, Thermal Comfort, Psychological Comfort, Sensory Comfort, Aesthetics and Human Interaction.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019.
Series
TRITA-ABE-MBT ; 19536
Keywords [en]
public life, public space, squares, urban design, people-friendly, Kungsträdgården, Sergels Torg, Stockholm, public life study, public, space, people, human, activity
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-254528OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-254528DiVA, id: diva2:1333366
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Urban and Regional Planning
Educational program
Master of Science in Engineering - Urban Management
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2019-06-03, 00:00 (English)
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Available from: 2019-07-05 Created: 2019-07-01 Last updated: 2019-07-05Bibliographically approved

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