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Socio-economic indicators for evaluation of the development of open spaces

Resulting from the RUROS project, a series of refined technical methods have been developed in order to design open spaces with better bio and micro-climate conditions for the users and inhabitants. When emphasis is given to physical micro-climate dimension at the design process, the risk could be to concentrate the design interest to some particular factors in spite of others. Therefore it is important to envisage all aspects of the function of the open space into its social and urban environment and to have indices for the relative importance of each aspect as citizen concern.

In that order, indicators related to social considerations within urban design process of open spaces have been developed.

They are a series of quantified values showing relations between social and economic development and the development of open spaces that have been related to assist the comfort design of open spaces. They are part of the research results arisen from field surveys in selected case study sites within European urban environments and methodological analysis.

They indicate separately each aspect of the overall functioning of a specific open space but in a common manner for any type of open space. In that way the indices are significant for the specific open space and for its type. Therefore, urban planning studies based on social surveys using this research tool arisen from RUROS project, will contribute to the European approach for the development of open spaces in the European urban context and environment.

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