Unlocking the Full Potential of City Transit-Hubs
Our Mobile Future: Delivering City Value & Prosperity through Mobility Orientated Developments (MODe)
By the middle of the century around two thirds of the world’s population will live in cities, but making them smart, sustainable places for everyone who lives or works in them will be one of our biggest challenges.
A crucial part of improving the way our urban spaces function is better transport and mobility. Arcadis has recently launched a framework to better understand, design and build urban transport hubs, also known as Mobility Oriented Development or MODe.
Arcadis’s new approach - MODe - identifies the integral features of transit hubs, setting out four key values that should underpin and inform their development, including accessibility and comfort, urban environment, social placemaking and economic development.
“There are examples both here and internationally of transit hubs that have very little connection to the communities in which they’re built and that’s a wasted opportunity.” Stephen Taylor, City Executive for Sydney, one of the 13 cities featured in Arcadis’ Cities Initiative.
“Given the limited space and competing demands of cities we can no longer afford to build single function transport facilities. For the first time MODe gives public or private organizations a tool to develop smart, integrated projects able to maximize their full value.”
Arcadis has in fact put MODe to work in a very practical way by creating an index-also known as MODex-that measured and assessed 21 existing transit hubs around the world, including Sydney’s Chatswood Station in the north of the city.
Using the four main values and a series of cascading qualitative and quantitative measures like revenue, urban form or public facilities, MODex benchmarked how well each transport development functioned both internally and in relation to the wider community around it.
“New York’s Grand Central Station got the highest overall outcome while Chatswood did best on Urban Environment, but it really isn’t intended to be a ranking tool as such, but meant to showcase best practice in a very real and practical way,” Stephen added.
“MODe allows clients to look at all the separate issues and stakeholders involved and bring them together holistically for a far better solution.”
Stephen says he has only just started to introduce key public and private sector clients in Sydney to MODe and MODex, but says the response has been enthusiastic.
“Government and developers all agree that integrated planning and a clear framework for achieving it deliver high quality projects, higher return on investment and more sophisticated transport solutions” Stephen said.
“We also know that all transport related development has wider community impacts and it’s these important commercial, economic, social and cultural parameters that also need to be managed and fostered.”
“MODe deftly acknowledges how quickly both our cities and urban transport are evolving, providing a smarter way to design mixed use projects to seamlessly blend living, working, play and learning in interconnected ways.”
To access the full MODe report visit http://mode.arcadis.com/
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