Pedestrian access to transit in evolution: unfolding the spatialization of rapid-transit planning

Caterina Villani, Gianni Talamini, Charlie Qiuli Xue

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This article retraces the impact of evolving hegemonic rapid transit planning and design strategies on pedestrian integration between stations and neighbourhoods, using Hong Kong as a longitudinal case. Mixed-methods research, triangulating documentary analysis, 10 spatial analysis, and in-depth interviews, identified six typologies across three historical phases. The findings demonstrate that pedestrian access to transit is spatially heterogeneous, shaping the evolution of the station area from a connecting structure into an interconnecting infrastructure. Unfolding the historical interplay 15 of hegemonic forces in the production of pedestrian spaces, this study innovatively bridges the research gap between planning policies and fine-grained urban design features.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Urban Design
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022


  • Station area
  • pedestrian environment
  • transit oriented development (TOD)
  • walkability
  • Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway (MTR)

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