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REVIEW OF RELATION BETWEEN SOCIETY AND SKYWALK SYSTEM Li Xuehan, ID:10803627D Department of PAED, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University ABSTRACT It has been said the necessity is the mother of invention. With the skywalk system, convenience seems to have been the driving force. Cool in the summer and warm in the winter, they offer a refuge from the elements while keeping pedestrian traffic safely above the street traffic. However, more and more questions about whether it can provide convenience and safety have been raised as the views of skywalk are divided into two sides. Urban design experts have two different views towards the traffic transportation system and the skywalk, which are also the main concepts of their construction. In this report, early form of the skywalk system, the evolution of skywalks system and the modern views towards skywalk system will be introduced; the relation between skywalk system and the society will be discussed. Keywords: skywalk, urban design, transportation system, structure, application, comparison. 1 The definition and related architectures of the skywalk. A footbridge or pedestrian bridge is a bridge designed for pedestrians and in some cases cyclists, animal traffic and horse riders, rather than vehicular traffic. Footbridges complement the landscape and can be used decoratively to visually link two distinct areas or to signal a transaction. In many developed countries, footbridges are both functional and can be beautiful works of art and sculpture. (Wikipedia) An enclosed footbridge between two buildings is sometimes known as a skywalk. (Wikipedia)This protects pedestrians from the weather. These skywalks are usually owned by businesses, and are therefore not public spaces (compare with sidewalk). Skywalks usually connect on the first few floors above the ground-level floor, though they are sometimes much higher, as in Petronas Towers, SWFC and Kingdom Centre (though this skywalk is often referred to as a sky bridge). The space in the buildings connected by skywalks is often devoted to retail business, so areas around the skywalk may operate as a shopping mall. Non-commercial areas with closely associated buildings, such as university campuses, can often have skywalks and/or tunnels connecting buildings. (Wikipedia)Bridges providing for both pedestrians and cyclists are often referred to as greenbridges and form an important part of sustainable transport movement towards more sustainable cities. (Wikipedia) Actually, the definition of skywalk varies on the different time, and the function of the skywalk approaches perfection day by day. These can be seen in the next character. 2 The early form of the skywalk system 2.1 The early inspirations of skywalk system. In medieval times, the English town of Chester developed a two level street system because
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