You're an Urban Planner Too: Design a More Walkable City with this Tool

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You're an Urban Planner Too: Design a More Walkable City with this Tool You're an Urban Planner Too: Design a More Walkable City with this Tool
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You're an Urban Planner Too: Design a More Walkable City with this Tool

by Jessica Lowry

May 12, 2013

Working in User Experience and Service Design has proven to me that more can be achieved when you bring all of the stakeholders into the room to collaborate on a design solution. When it comes to walkable streets, citizens are the most important stakeholders and they have been kept at a distance from the design process. This problem can be solved by creating a platform which acts as a virtual space for collaboration.

In web design, we conduct incremental user research and testing to validate and inform design decisions. As a designer you start to form ideas for solutions which lead to a lot of questions. Many of these questions can’t be answered by data alone. Design workshops are necessary to get a clearer perspective on the specific problems a design solution needs to solve.

Key to the Street’s Walkable Urban Design Tool is a mobile service that virtually allows anyone to design more walkable streets. It aims to break down silos formed within government agencies and establishes a new way to think about urban planning. Providing the ability to conduct user research and testing via mobile devices will result in better design decisions.

Every dollar we raise on Kickstarter is a vote for a collaborative approach to walkability design issues. Please back us today

The goal is to raise the social status of pedestrians through an interactive mobile service. Help inspire citizens to discover the walkable potential of their community. Align common goals of city planners with those of the local residents and put more ideas into action.

Meet Jess Lowry, Founder & Product Manager of Key to the Street. 

Images courtesy of Jess Lowry.

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