REVIEW OF RELATION BETWEEN SOCIETY AND SKYWALK SYSTEM
Li Xuehan, ID:10803627D
Department of PAED, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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
will be introduced; the relation between skywalk system and the society will
skywalk, urban design, transportation system, structure, application, comparison.
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.
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