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Legible Cities, Walkable Cities

From the Interstate Highway System to the New York City Subway, wayfinding and information systems play an essential role helping people get where they need to go as safely and directly as possible. Though walking represents a primary mode of transportation for many city-dwellers, the existing information system that assists pedestrians, both residents and tourists alike, lacks the equivalent detail, thought, and clarity given to other modes of transportation. As cities strive to make walking safer and more attractive to everyone, city-wide wayfinding systems can help people construct a more nuanced mental map of the city – its destinations, street and transit systems, districts and neighborhoods.

Legible Cities, Walkable Cities will highlight international efforts to create pedestrian wayfinding systems for large central cities. What types of information must be included and how is this information updated and maintained? How can scale, directional position, and graphic style effect the effectiveness of these systems? What actors, from business improvement districts to city agencies, need to be involved to ensure that a coordinated, consistent system is implemented citywide?