Active frontages

A Key Element of Urban Space at Street Level 

Erik Linn

Active frontages of shops, cafés and restaurants are fundamental to vivid urban street spaces, but knowledge is scarce regarding what actual amounts it takes to make streets vibrant. While there is a general demand for active ground floors, executed projects may end up with few or no ground floor activities.
This morphological study maps active frontages (as dependant variable) in a number of Gothenburg streets, and analyses their occurrence related to both local factors (street widths, block widths, building heights) and contextual factors (network, integration, betweenness, centrality). It uses visual inspection and GIS tools such as PST to produce maps and investigate levels and possible correlations.

Harry Hjörnes plats: example of vivid urban space

Map showing streets which theoretically have potential for 50 percent active ground floors