Accessibility of Public Spaces and Services: Theoretical Remarks, Practices and Instruments from Urban Time Planning

  • Stefano StabiliniEmail author
  • Roberto Zedda
  • Lucia Zanettichini
Part of the Urban and Landscape Perspectives book series (URBANLAND, volume 15)


The main objective of this contribution is to present the theory and time-oriented instruments to analyse and improve the design of supply and accessibility of public spaces and services for all inhabitants.

The supply and accessibility of public spaces and services in the realm of space-time urban design and planning requires an integrated approach to the physical design of urban space and to the organization of the city, for a better quality of the daily life of inhabitants. Urban quality is not merely an issue of quantity (of services and open spaces) but is also one of accessibility in relation to the temporal and spatial organization of the built environment. This includes the various relations between public and private spaces and considers the diversity of inhabitants and city users, in their body, gender, age, social and economic conditions, stage of life, ethnicity, etc.

A system of chronographic maps, indicators and datasets concerning the linear metropolitan system of the Po Valley presented here will be explored in order to elaborate on the following issues: temporary populations and resident inhabitants in contemporary urban areas, space-time morphology of inhabiting the urban system and accessibility and the evolution of the notion of proximity.


Chronographic maps Accessibility Urban services Urban time planning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefano Stabilini
    • 1
    Email author
  • Roberto Zedda
    • 1
  • Lucia Zanettichini
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Architecture and Urban StudiesResearch Area Time-Oriented Urbanism, Politecnico di MilanoMilanItaly
  2. 2.Department for Architecture and Urban PlanningPolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly

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