the green paths ©
THE GREEN PATHS represents a new way of looking at cities, addressing urban issues through a blend of social research and architectural intervention, together forming a bridge between the needs of local residents and administrators. These simple interventions make up a personalised work of urban regeneration, taking into account the growing need for environmental sustainability, whilst working to protect the city's social heritage and the rights of those who live there.
Urban pedestrian paths are developed around pre-existing sidewalks, providing access for all types of pedestrian travel. In a Green Paths city, architectural barriers are broken down in favour of safety and functionality , while spaces are enriched by the work of local artists. Work is not only done to raise awareness of the city's historical and cultural heritage, but also to facilitate pedestrian movement, thereby helping to support environmental sustainability.
They are defined paths , since they are characterised by specialised mapping and physical markings, consistent with mountain paths, which facilitate multisensory orientation. In keeping with the language of traffic signals, they are defined green, as this colour indicates the possibility to proceed or move.
Different types of space perception are taken into consideration:
- SPACE PERCEIVED FROM A CHILD'S POINT OF VIEW
- SPACE PERCEIVED WHEN IT CANNOT BE SEEN
- SPACE PERCEIVED WHEN TRAVELLING IN A WHEELCHAIR
- SPACE PERCEIVED WHEN CERTAIN COLOURS CANNOT BE RECOGNISED
- SPACE PERCEVIED IN SILENCE
- SPACE PERCEIVED BY THOSE WITH SIGNIFICANT LIFE EXPERIENCE
- SPACE PERCEIVED BY PARENTS WITH PUSHCHAIRS
The Architectural Project makes constant reference to social research and, in order to ensure its educational aims, is developed from a child's perspectiveeducating, serving as, raising to knowledge, identify and fix inaccessible space and with the collaboration of people along the route have the ability to identify the main difficulties thanks to their particular physical aptitudes.
The Green Paths actively promotes 'beauty', both perceptual and functional.
Central to TGP's design philosophy, are also those places which converge with the path. This might include the redevelopment of areas designated for public use, such as parks or squares, or the use of recovered land to create parking facilities, thereby facilitating pedestrian movement. It is a new principle in urban planning, which starts with simplicity.
The paths are reinterpreted and enriched by the work of local artists whose personalised contributions help to foreground selected areas.
The simplicity with which a green path improves accessible space is brought about through the cooperation of community members, all of whom share a common need and desire to move around their town, by whatever means at their disposal.
The Green Paths is a tool for public administrations who wish to create pedestrian friendly pathways, by incorporating the work of local residents. The project has been devised in such a way that it can be applied to any city or town in the world, taking on the unique characteristics of the place in which it is used. By definition we are a non-political organisation. All rights are reserved by copyright.
Contemporary cities have the moral obligation to facilitate the movement of people, as well as to raise awareness of their historical and cultural heritage through pedestrian travel.
As Seneca teaches in his Letters, "we do not distinguish by the eye, but by the mind, which is the proper judge”.
Barbara d'Urso Architect, ideatore and creator of "THE GREEN PATHS, THE CITY 'IN YOUR HANDS ©", general manager and co-ordinator, the copyright holder;