Image Database

Visual evidence for pedestrian planning
and street climate design

Our mission is to inform planners and designers how streets can be corridors of urban life and health

Welcome to build this image database with us!

Background and purpose

UrbanCare image database initiated with an academic thesis that proposes  sustainable street developments with a triple bottom line: Mobility, Climate, and Liveability. Its guiding principles ensure a pedestrian first approach, especially for slower groups such as children, the elderly, and people…. 

The ultimate purpose is to deliver a web-based platform for:

  • Citizens to kick-start street projects and follow development;
  • Urban designers to visualize problems and propose solutions;
  • Urban health scientists to co-work with designers by enabling  research and evidence, and for;
  • Planning officers and authorities to realize informed and timely decision-making.
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Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater harvesting and stormwater management in general is needed to prevent flooding, erosion, pollution of water, to appropriately refill our aquifers, and to reduce habitat degradation.
Stormwater management is particularly important in urban areas where most surfaces are impervious and do not absorb much water. During intense storms, a large volume of water rains down on a city over a short period of time and this can have devastating consequences unless we don’t have a good plan in place.
Since water is not getting absorbed by the impermeable asphalt and stone surfaces of the modern city, it will flow directly into the streets and down the sewers often resulting in floods and combined sewer overflows.

More about this topic from our partner Dr. Anna Zakrisson…


Urban Biodiversity

database is a shared collection of related data used to support the activities of a particular organization. A database can be viewed as a repository of data that is defined once and then accessed by various users.

This phase called the “Healthy Street Maker”,  will define what kind of data, information, and processes are critical to plan, design and build healthy streets. Furthermore, describe relations between street interventions and health-related outcomes of urban residents.

Data modelling

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A way of gathering evidence

Streetscape Evaluation, studies physical environment factors that hinder slow groups (children, the elderly, and people with disabilities) from having a high quality pedestrian experience.  
A way of gathering evidence is programming pedestrian journeys for stakeholders to gather and process data .

The process counts with five major steps:
1. setting the journey;
2. showing on a map points of predictable conflict with traffic along the journey (e.g. street crossings);
3. highlight physical risks or obstacles at the points of conflict;
4. rating the obstacle using a survey sheet with likert scales;
5. estimating the UrbanCare overall score.

Heat Mitigation

The UrbanCare web-based platform is basically a database management system (DBMS): a collection of programs that enables users to create and maintain databases and control all access to them. 

“a platform for innovation, consolidation and cost efficiencies”

The main goal in this last phase is to create interfaces for different stakeholders (residents, planners, designers, and authorities) to retrieve and store data and assist evaluation or development processes in efficient, easy and intuitive manner.

Application design

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Stakeholder intelligence

UrbanCare proposes a stakeholder platform service for health researchers and city planners to (i) discover city-disease patterns, (ii) aim at urban health issues when testing urban design assumptions, and (iii) have a better urban health insight when searching through health and urban data.

An open version of the platform would help citizens, local GOV, and other stakeholders understand the health condition of their neighbourhoods, what is to be repaired, and how.

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