Social Landscape by Carlos Esponda
Santiago´s Historical Center Dynamism | Chiapas, Mexico
The importance of the recuperation, improvement and revitalization of the pedestrian mobility, urban and public spaces is constantly mentioned without considering the human. In most cases, the relation and correlation of buildings are more important than the dynamism and interaction of the human in public spaces. In some cases, who interpret and develop public spaces projects generalize and suppose definitions, characteristics and user behavior in a personal way. Nevertheless, from the point of view of an integral design the public space and the users only should be defined individually and not studied in an independent way. In other words, both the public spaces as the users should be studied and analyzed from different social scientific approaches, without forgotten that the public spaces have the objective of propitiating the human interaction.
In this way, as Josep Montaner (2014) exposed, in relation to the experiences as an emphasis on what has been lived, in the perception of the senses and in the experimentation, starting from the reality contributions, public user’s experiences as dispositive to represent and make opportunities to be in the world. The interpretation exposed in this work gives continuity to the investigation presented previously on: “Mapas: Navegación Peatonal en el Centro Histórico de Santiago, Chile”. “Maps: Pedestrian navigation on the Historic Center of Santiago, Chile” (Carlos Esponda 2015, Revista Digital Plataforma Urbana).
Taking the experiences and diagrams performed in the previous investigation, this work gives us in a tangible way the result of statistical analysis of data taken from observational methodology and counts. In this study, more than 300 virtual bridges (Gates) performed through people counting in a direct way under a traditional methodology employing manual counters in more than 200 spots inside the street systems, pedestrian ways, and commercial galleries (commercial ways inside a block) in the downtown of Santiago de Chile. Once performed the gates, an experimental model was done through a physical representation of pedestrian flux getting a temporal dynamic scenery of the “Santiaguinos” users, representing with vertical white elements the street pedestrian flux and pedestrian ways, and with vertical blue elements the gallery system.
As an integral methodology that offer to the designer a different investigation line allowing the understanding, visualization, connection, relation, and transmission of the projective process, removing urban speculations and anticipating new sceneries that will allow the correct interpretation of a public space from the user behavior, like as we know, the user is the main actor of the mobility pyramid.