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Trans. Planning Journal

Title Using Space Syntax and Pedestrian-Oriented Design Concepts to Examine the Rationality of the Land Use Configuration of Tod Districts
Author Chia-Nung Li and Yi-Kai Hsieh
Summary   Taiwan's transit-oriented development (TOD) in recent years has been based on increasing public transit ridership as its main planning tool, and this planning remains confined to the planners' thinking without taking the public’s needs into consideration. Moreover, studies on TOD are mostly attached to empirical modeling without much support from a theoretical foundation; as a result, these TOD studies are not location-based and the rationality of their ideas has yet to be recognized. Therefore, how to appropriately adapt existing TOD ideas by injecting them with locality, rationality and a theoretical foundation to shape friendly pedestrian living environments has become the foremost issue to be discussed in Taiwan’s TOD. This study takes the “New Banqiao Special District (NBSD)” as its subject, and applies the theory of “space syntax” and pedestrian-oriented design concepts as foundations to analyze the rationality of the TOD walking environment and the rationality of the land use configuration in the surrounding areas. Finally, theoretical points of views are taken to examine how the lands around MRT stations should be used so as to match up with the local walking environments for the realization of effective TOD. The results from this study reveal that the convenience of the walking environment within the TOD areas is not directly proportional to the distance from the MRT stations. Furthermore, the intensity of the land use configuration in the NBSD does not correspond to the convenience of the walking network. While traditional TOD thinking is troubled with hidden concerns, the combination of space syntax and pedestrian-oriented thinking will lead Taiwan’s TOD to break the shackles of traditional monotonous planning methods and further help integrate land use planning with the characteristics of walking networks, allowing TOD planning to be more appropriately location-based and rational and providing both theoretical and practical foundations for the planning process.
Vol. 44
No. 1
Page 1
Year 2015
Month 3
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