RESTORATIVE STREETSCAPE DESIGN FOR HEALTHY CITY EXPERIENCE WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO CAIRO
This research addresses the problem of lack of guidelines for implementing restorative streetscapes in order to enhance wellbeing and reduce stress for city residents. This research explains the elements that help achieving restorative environment through establishing design guidelines that will help architects, landscape architects, and planners apply restorative streetscapes. This research investigates the relationship between restorative streetscape elements and patterns of activities in streets of Cairo. The research method followed a qualitative case-study approach and was conducted on a local case study (Street 9 of Mokattam city in Cairo, Egypt). The research answered two main questions: (Q1) what are the guidelines for a restorative streetscape employment for healthy street design in cities? (Q2) How do restorative streetscape guidelines work in streets of Cairo? Data collection techniques included documentation of streetscape elements and behavioral mapping of street activities. The research confirmed that streetscape elements significantly contribute to promoting activities in streets and could possibly promote them to restorative ones.
Streetscape, Restorative Streetscape, Healthy Streets, Restorative Environment