Walkspace as Cultural Heritage Within Urban Landscape

  • Tamara ZaninovićEmail author
  • Garyfalia Palaiologou
  • Bojana Bojanić Obad Šćitaroci
Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)


The focus of this research is to explore the urban landscape through the promenade notion and contemporary walkability strategies to connect open spaces into a walkspace system. The research on urban public spaces seen as a walkspace system points out specific models of alternative urban heritage. These models are characterised by the presence of diverse cultural heritage and pedestrian connections which should be recognised in current design and city planning procedures. The aim is to create awareness of heritage values in practices of everyday life using public space as a mediator and spatial networking as a planning criterion. The identified walkspace models came out of case study comparisons in five cities: London, Barcelona, Budapest, New York and Madrid. The case studies represent diverse urban landscapes as pedestrian streets, boulevards and linear urbanscapes. These examples confirm that streets are not just traffic corridors and show ways in which streetscapes form walkspace systems in different scales. Pedestrianisations, landscaped streets, historic park streets and urbanscape parks are strategies which interconnect cultural heritage and create new heritage of contemporary promenades through public space design. Walkspace systems are the basis for heritage urbanism approach as means of achieving vitality and quality of public space in heritage revitalisation.


Walkspace system Urban landscape Public space Contemporary promenades Streetscape 



The research is a part of the scientific project ‘Heritage Urbanism—Urban and Spatial Planning Models for Revival and Enhancement of Cultural Heritage’. It is partially financed by the Croatian Science Foundation [HRZZ-2032] and carried out at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Architecture.

This research was also part of the research entitled ‘Urbanscape Emanation’ financed by the University of Zagreb and carried out at the Faculty of Architecture.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tamara Zaninović
    • 1
    Email author
  • Garyfalia Palaiologou
    • 2
  • Bojana Bojanić Obad Šćitaroci
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of ArchitectureUniversity of ZagrebZagrebCroatia
  2. 2.School of Architecture, Building and Civil EngineeringLoughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK

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