Accessibility Instruments For Planning Practice In Europe

Accessibility concepts are increasingly acknowledged as fundamental to understand the functioning of cities and urban regions. In particular, accessibility instruments are able to provide a framework for understanding the reciprocal relationships between land use and mobility. Such a framework has important potential advantages when transferred to the realm of urban planning. However, despite the large number of instruments available in literature, they are not widely used to support urban planning practices.

This Action will promote knowledge on how accessibility  instruments can be effectively applied to support urban planners in their daily practice. It brings together mainly early-career European researchers, with different approaches to accessibility, and a set of practitioners from selected reference cities. The relevance of accessibility instruments for specific (land use and mobility related) urban planning challenges will be studied through reflection workshops involving local practitioners. Central aim of these workshops is to shed light on the potential of accessibility instruments to support planning practice.

Significant benefits are expected, both in terms of process – the establishment of bridges between scholars and practitioners from different approaches and different domains – and in terms of results – insights on how to improve the relevance of accessibility instruments for urban planning practices.

More information about the Action here.

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About this Action

Accessibility concepts are increasingly acknoledged as fundamental to understand the functioning of cities and urban regions. More information here.