The University of KwaZulu Natal’s School of Built Environments and Development Studies, Discipline of Planning, has collaborated with the University of Gdańsk’s Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Spatial Management, to work on a project entitled: Quality of Life and Walkability Measures for South Africa. The city of eThekwini (Durban) will serve as the first case study.
The project intends to introduce a GIS-based methodological approach in enhancing the quantification of qualitative measurements and evaluate urban spaces to produce comparable results on both a local and national scale. The initial phase of cooperation will cover the entire city of Durban, and the analysis of results will determine how people generally view the city’s public spaces and walkability.
The research focuses on a set of indicators, created based on lessons learnt from, i.e., Jane Jacobs. Spatial inequalities or disparities will be mapped and visually displayed. The study will offer recommendations for prioritizing transformation to improve the quality of life in various areas of the city to ensure inclusivity, liveability, and curb disparities through comparison of the outcomes at the micro, district, and city scales.
The goal is to compile the results for other South African cities and develop a walkability index.
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