Better streets, better cities: a guide to street design in urban India

Better streets, better cities: a guide to street design in urban India

Streets occupy approximately 20 percent of the total land area in a typical city, and they are the most important and ubiquitous form of public space. Streets are the stage upon which the drama of urban life unfolds every day. And this is not a recent phenomenon—streets have played this role since the beginning of towns and cities.

This manual aims to facilitate the design of beautiful, safe, walkable, and liveable streets. The manual identifies the different functions of streets and emphasizes the need to design complete streets that provide space for all users. Through the street and intersection templates one can get a sense of how the different elements come together for different types and sizes of streets. Finally, there is an overview of the activities that are undertaken as a part of the overall process of street design.

This manual is intended for planners, urban designers, landscape architects, civil engineers, and, most importantly, government officials and citizens who are interested in improving the quality of urban environments and the character of streets in cities.

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