Sidewalks of Oslo: Rethinking ordinary with systemic design
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Sidewalks play a central role in pedestrian infrastructure. Designed for walking, they are known to be the healthiest mode of transportation for individuals. However, our experiences reveal that the physical environment impacts our mental state while walking. This project aims to investigate the barriers and drivers that pedestrians encounter, and explores the underlying motivations behind them. In the context of Oslo, the study raises questions about how a city should plan and manage the transition towards more promising modes of transportation. Additionally, it emphasizes the significance of understanding the surrounding context of sidewalks to create a more enjoyable pedestrian environment. This project is built upon two fundamental principles. Firstly, it declares the urgency to address climate change and prioritizing sustainable transportation in urban areas. Secondly, it acknowledges the importance of promoting mental and physical well-being of society. To tackle the complexity, a systemic design methods are adopted. This framework enables an examination of the pedestrian microsystem in relation to various external factors. It facilitates the identification of conflicts, such as feedback gaps, and guides the analysis of data. Findings serve as a starting point for discussions. Through the implementation of four key concepts, Oslo takes on the role of a facilitator in shaping a resilient future strategy for its citizens. By actively pursuing these concepts, the city strives to enhance the pedestrian experience and promote sustainable transportation methods.