Implementing Gehl’s Theory to Study Urban Space: The Case of Monotowns

Damiano Cerrone, Jesús López Baeza, Panu Lehtovuori, Daniele Quercia, Rossano Schifanella, Luca Aiello

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The paper presents a method to operationalize Jan Gehl’s questions for public space into metrics to map Russian monotowns’ urban life in 2017. With the use of social media data, it becomes possible to scale Gehl’s approach from the survey of small urban areas to the analysis of entire cities while maintaining the human scale’s resolution. When underperforming public spaces are detected, we propose a matrix for urban design interventions using Jane Jacobs’ typologies for good city life. Furthermore, this method was deployed to improve the conditions of public spaces in Russian monotowns through a series of architectural briefs for design competitions and urban design guidelines for local administrations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5105
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2021
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Dataviz
  • G.I.S
  • Monotowns
  • Urban analytics

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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